robotically adv. 1

in the manner of a robot; mechanically; without emotion


  • 1924 Chicago Tribune 15 Mar. 17/1

    Ah, how lumpily, how robotically clad were the men who, now in their thirties and forties, were then in their twenties or teens!

  • 1957 H. Ellison Savage Swarm in Amazing Stories Mar. 20/2 page image Harlan Ellison bibliography

    He had not devoted himself robotically to turning out a million insignificant little commercial trinkets.

  • 1971 P. Anderson Byworlder in Fantastic Science Fiction & Fantasy Stories June ii. 15/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Besides, he’s robotically correct.… He’s simply not cheerful company. Under that stiff surface he’s too tense.

Research requirements

antedating 1924

Earliest cite

Chicago Tribune

Research History
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Byworlder". Mike Christie verified this in the 1971 original magazine publication.

OED has a 1924 example from the Chicago Tribune, found in a newspaper database.

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