robotically adv. 1

in the manner of a robot; mechanically; without emotion


  • 1924 B. Ruck The Sick Pearl in 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, heโ€™s robotically correct.โ€ฆ Heโ€™s simply not cheerful company. Under that stiff surface heโ€™s too tense.

  • 2012 S. L. Burns Follow-Up in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Apr. 63/2 Stephen L. Burns bibliography

    โ€˜Listen, as your commander and friend Iโ€™m strongly suggesting that you call it a night. Head back to your quarters and grab some rack time. Call today a good day done and rest up for tomorrow.โ€™ Sissy looked down at her tray, surprised to see that half the food on it was gone. Eaten robotically while they talked. Just call me Dr. Autopilot.ย โ€˜Sounds like a good idea.โ€™

  • 2021 J. J. Vester To Feed the Animals in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Sep. 147/1 John Vester bibliography

    As they pulled to a stop Derek looked at the thrower, its various angled arms akimbo, its displays and cameras bristling with knobs, lenses and antennae. โ€˜What about the thrower? Did that come from Earth too? How is this thing important for survival?โ€™ โ€˜No, we built that soon after landfall.โ€™ Joel answered robotically, feeling like he was putting on an act to charm his adolescent son.

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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2012 cite from Stephen L. Burns.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2021 cite from John J. Vester.

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

Last modified 2022-02-23 14:58:35
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