Definition of humanoid in US English:



  • Having an appearance or character resembling that of a human.

    ‘a small, green, and hideously warty humanoid figure’
    • ‘The body was furry, with humanoid proportions.’
    • ‘Built with a humanoid appearance, he had a bizarre sense of pride in his preciseness.’
    • ‘Although some humanoid robots have been developed, the majority of participating teams currently resemble tin boxes on wheels.’
    • ‘He could vaguely pick out a humanoid figure in the bright light.’
    • ‘I silently got up to get it, and opened it up to see what appeared to be a green teenage dragon standing there in humanoid form.’
    • ‘On the heels of the storm came a group of humanoid figures who were covered in hair and had horns, apparently led by headless mages armed with red swords.’
    • ‘Crowned by a woolly gray mane, it walked erect and emitted humanoid noises.’
    • ‘It was fascinating, as lanky and serpentine as a snake, but with humanoid characteristics.’
    • ‘It speaks several languages to warn people that it's coming and going, but otherwise it's not very humanoid.’
    • ‘A twenty-foot tall humanoid machine gently hissed as it continued along it's path.’
    • ‘His whole body was covered now, and all the priest could make out was a faceless, male humanoid form.’
    • ‘Its front legs were almost twice as long as its hind legs, which gave it a vaguely humanoid appearance.’
    • ‘Here are a few companies that are coming close to building truly lifelike humanoid robots.’
    • ‘A hairy, humanoid brute with a spiked club crushed it to the ground.’
    • ‘The other two were attacked from behind by another humanoid creature.’
    • ‘As a child I saw these shows with humanoid animals and thought that's how life should be, rather than the way it was at school.’
    • ‘It took its corporeal form in the living room, disguised as a humanoid figure made of what could be described as a giant cotton ball.’
    • ‘As the robber was talking, a vaguely humanoid figure leaped from the rooftop of the adjacent building and crept into the bank.’
    • ‘As the image focused, he suddenly saw the object was a humanoid figure.’
    • ‘A group of humanoid creatures was running towards us, with swords forged of black metal in each of their hands.’


  • (especially in science fiction) a being resembling a human in its shape.

    ‘a three-eyed humanoid’
    • ‘The people on the ship deck were short stocky humanoids.’
    • ‘They were grossly deformed hairless humanoids.’
    • ‘The Neandertals, stocky and intelligent humanoids, lived in Europe and Western Asia for thousands of years before the first humans settled in the area.’
    • ‘I began to think I was looking at a mating ritual carried out by aliens, or humanoids in a prehistoric colony.’
    • ‘Despite the best efforts of our targeting computer it was notoriously difficult to hit the nimble humanoids, and with every second that passed the robots bounded ever closer.’
    • ‘According to anthropologists this is where man's ancestors, the first upright-walking humanoids, came into being some 3.5 million years ago.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a group of humanoids blocked their way.’
    • ‘We feel death in these shows in ways we don't in the rubbery cartoon world of humanoids that comprises the Hollywood epic and action film.’
    • ‘This could of course, be asked about any number of viviparous humanoids.’
    • ‘Those few brave souls, trying to buy time for their families to flee with their lives, were quickly cut down or overrun by the scores of humanoids that ran wildly through the streets.’
    • ‘By this time they will have seen, I suppose, roughly 30,000 killings of humans, humanoids and beasts, half of which they will have carried out themselves.’
    • ‘He also keeps an eye on a small group of humanoids who represent the pinnacle of genetic programming.’
    • ‘Without a signal, the ring of humanoids began to dance.’
    • ‘Many dwarves were slain, but so were the humanoids.’
    • ‘These visitors also have with them some docile humanoids.’
    • ‘The humanoids were holding a young girl between them.’
    • ‘Five years ago, you would not have mistaken them for anything but humanoids.’
    • ‘These are guarded by massive metallic humanoids, who hold many weapons in their eight limbs, some identifiable as swords and axes and others too fantastical to guess at.’
    • ‘Within a day or two, a few miles from the debris field, the main body of the flying saucer was found, and a mile or two from that several bodies of small humanoids were found.’
    • ‘All around him were life forms from across the galaxy; humans, humanoids, insectoids, reptilianoids, and others best left unmentioned.’