pod person adj.

an alien, a monster; a person considered to be conformist, unoriginal, or emotionless; one who lacks personality or individuality

pl. pod people

[< pod, in the 1955 Jack Finney novel The Body Snatchers and esp. the 1956 film adaptation Invasion of the Body Snatchers: a plant-like alien capable of replicating a person exactly]


  • [1955 J. Finney Body Snatchers (1976) 153

    The pods are a parasite on whatever life they encounter… They have the ability to reform and reconstitute themselves into perfect duplication, cell for living cell, of any life form they may encounter.]

  • 1956 Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) 12 Mar. 21 (advt. for the movie The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

    Watch out! The whole world taken over by the pod people!

  • 1978 Washington Post 2 Apr. k1

    No caricature of this ideal being is possible…; it’s the home-grown pod-person of the S-F classic ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’.

  • 1992 D. Coupland Shampoo Planet xii. 61

    He’s become a pod person: functioning but without a soul.

  • 2004 J. Weiner Little Earthquakes 388

    ‘I feel sorry for her.’… Andrew narrowed his eyes. ‘˜Have you been taken over by the pod people?’

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