esp. of a robot or alien: having a humanoid form; of or relating to humanoids
By causing artificial, controlled mutations they have succeeded in producing a mutated type of man…. The secrecy was vital, lest the sudden discovery of this widely divergent humanoid species bring a violent, murderous reaction from unprepared people.]
Crisis in Utopia in Astounding Stories Aug. 127/1
Beings of every manlike type and shape were there. Some were tall and polelike, some broad and burly, some short and stumpy. There were those with long, wiry hair, those with scanty gray fuzz covering head and face, others with thick, blond curls piled high, and still others entirely bald. Some possessed long, hair-covered trumpets of ears, others had tympanum membranes flush with their temples. There were those present with large gazellelike eyes of a deep-purple luminosity, others with tiny optics of a beady black. There was a delegate with green skin, one with an eight-inch proboscis and one with a vestigial tail. Internally, variation was almost infinite. But all were alike in two things. They were all Humanoid. They all possessed intelligence.
Homo Sol in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 118/1
And I hope these learned gentlemen still react in a vaguely Humanoid way.
Homo Sol in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 130/1
I admit that it is decidedly a departure from the norm for a humanoid race to not appear interested in gainful trade—or acceptance of gifts.
Culture in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 46/1
But that is a humanoid characteristic, I believe.
Star Rangers xv. 195
The ship carried two pilots, a navigator, a doctor, fifty babies, twenty-five special humanoid robots, computers, and supplies.
Field Expedient in Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 91/2
The chilling realization came that he was not aboard a human ship. Humanoid, yes, from the size and design of things, but no vessel ever built within the borders of the Empire, and no foreign make that he knew of.
Agent of Terran Empire 1
At the same time a humanoid voice, strong and yet somehow youthful, shook the air of the bridge.
Arena in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 2
He…personally know Ayelborne, Claymare and Trefayne—or at least knows the humanoid shapes they assume.
Spock must Die! iii. 16
It was humanoid, standing at least two meters tall.
Sundiver .iii. 30
One humanoid escapee One android on the run Seeking freedom beneath A lonely desert sun.
The Body Electric (song, perf. ‘Rush’)
His notes in the Ephemeris say that there are humanoid natives…on the other side of the planet from me.
Color of Neanderthal Eyes 2
Dozens of delegates, humanoid and otherwise, shouted and cried out as they fought each other to reach the exits.
Assignment: Eternity Prologue 3
The lattice furled itself up like a series of stage curtains being drawn open, and we found ourselves face-to-facelessness with a humanoid form like a shaped bubble of inexplicably golden mercury.
Machine ii. 31
Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol, in Astounding
Research HistoryThe OED has cites for "humanoid" as an adjective with the sense "distinguished from anthropoid as being more human in character" back to 1918; the first cite as a term in sf is from 1952.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from the 1965 first edition of Poul Anderson's "Agent of the Terran Empire".
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Evidence"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1946 first appearance.
Mark Olson submitted a cite from a 1953 reprint of John Campbell's "The Black Star Passes"; however Andrew May checked the 1930 first appearance and the word does not appear in that version. Fred Galvin submitted a different cite from a reprint of the same story, "The Black Star Passes"; but Andrew May determined that the cite also was not in the original 1930 magazine appearance.
Patrick Broadhurst submitted a cite from a 1982 reprint of "Culture" by Jerry Shelton: Mike Christie verified it in the 1944 original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1974 reprint of Asimov's "Homo Sol"; Jesse Sheidlower verified these in the first magazine appearance.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1940 cite from Norman Knight's Crisis in Utopia, in Astounding; this refers to a genetically engineered human, rather than an alien, so we have put it in brackets.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.
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In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.