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[hyoo-muh-noid or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌnɔɪd or, often, ˈyu-/
having human characteristics or form; resembling human beings.
a humanoid being:
to search for humanoids in outer space.
Origin of humanoid
1915-20; human + -oid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for humanoid
  • The motion-capture data were then used to animate a humanoid avatar that was featureless and gender-neutral.
  • humanoid robots can already run, dance, and carry on conversations.
  • humanoid robots can help us to do it faster, because machines you can build millions with no limits and fast.
  • These aren't humanoid robots but computer controlled systems that have been optimized for use in sensitive situations.
  • There are plenty of cute, humanoid robots, of course.
  • The silhouette is utterly erect, arrestingly humanoid.
  • There is a prediction that there will be remnants of ancient humanoid cities.
  • Here is a video of her surreal interview with a humanoid robot.
  • And it seems that humanoid robots may make people feel more at ease than other designs.
  • Such language skills will be needed if robots are ever to reach their potential as humanoid helpers.
British Dictionary definitions for humanoid


like a human being in appearance
a being with human rather than anthropoid characteristics
(in science fiction) a robot or creature resembling a human being
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humanoid

1912 (adj.), an anthropological hybrid from human + -oid. As a noun, from 1925. Earlier (1906) brand name of a type of cow's milk altered to be closer to human milk intended as food for infants.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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