Definition of humanoid in US English:



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

    • ‘His whole body was covered now, and all the priest could make out was a faceless, male humanoid form.’
    • ‘It speaks several languages to warn people that it's coming and going, but otherwise it's not very humanoid.’
    • ‘Crowned by a woolly gray mane, it walked erect and emitted humanoid noises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He could vaguely pick out a humanoid figure in the bright light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its front legs were almost twice as long as its hind legs, which gave it a vaguely humanoid appearance.’
    • ‘A twenty-foot tall humanoid machine gently hissed as it continued along it's path.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although some humanoid robots have been developed, the majority of participating teams currently resemble tin boxes on wheels.’
    • ‘Built with a humanoid appearance, he had a bizarre sense of pride in his preciseness.’
    • ‘The body was furry, with humanoid proportions.’
    • ‘The other two were attacked from behind by another humanoid creature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of humanoid creatures was running towards us, with swords forged of black metal in each of their hands.’
    • ‘Here are a few companies that are coming close to building truly lifelike humanoid robots.’
    • ‘It was fascinating, as lanky and serpentine as a snake, but with humanoid characteristics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hairy, humanoid brute with a spiked club crushed it to the ground.’


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The people on the ship deck were short stocky humanoids.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a group of humanoids blocked their way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without a signal, the ring of humanoids began to dance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to anthropologists this is where man's ancestors, the first upright-walking humanoids, came into being some 3.5 million years ago.’
    • ‘They were grossly deformed hairless humanoids.’
    • ‘All around him were life forms from across the galaxy; humans, humanoids, insectoids, reptilianoids, and others best left unmentioned.’
    • ‘He also keeps an eye on a small group of humanoids who represent the pinnacle of genetic programming.’
    • ‘These visitors also have with them some docile humanoids.’
    • ‘This could of course, be asked about any number of viviparous humanoids.’
    • ‘The humanoids were holding a young girl between them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Five years ago, you would not have mistaken them for anything but humanoids.’
    • ‘Many dwarves were slain, but so were the humanoids.’