in the manner of a robot; mechanically; without emotion
Ah, how lumpily, how robotically clad were the men who, now in their thirties and forties, were then in their twenties or teens!
He had not devoted himself robotically to turning out a million insignificant little commercial trinkets.
Besides, he’s robotically correct.… He’s simply not cheerful company. Under that stiff surface he’s too tense.
OED has a 1924 example from the Chicago Tribune, found in a newspaper database.
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