a non-human being that has a human-like bodily form
I have here…the official report from Alpha Centauri, on whose fifth planet the Humanoids of Sol have landed.
He stood hunched and swaying, no more than a shrunken human husk, gasping painfully for life, staring wildly into the blind steel eyes of the humanoid.
Martians in trefoil sunglasses and respirators, humanoids from Beta Corvi III, things with exoskeletons from Allah knew where.
With the small and delicate humanoids who had been my playfellows, I had gathered the nuts and buds and trapped the small arboreal animals they used for food.
Behind him one of the slab-faced humanoids moved, weapon at the ready.
His last fight, with a dark-skinned humanoid named Henaoa, had take all of Miles' strength and skill to win.
Also one primitive humanoid, about our size—who dies at an early age.
In the transporter room where the first shore leave party had gathered, three crewmen whom the humanoids aboard took to be Vulcans exchanged lightning glances.
Phaser blasts can stop them but not on lower settings. Ranges that stun the Sindareen can severely injure, even kill other humanoids.
Marc drew and shot, drew and shot, distantly aware that he was glad of the activity distracting him from the fact that scores of gorilla-strong humanoids were rushing at him with intent to kill him and eat his flesh, and not necessarily in that order.
Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol
The OED has cites for a noun usage back to 1925, in a sense that distinguishes "humanoid" from "anthropoid", but the usage in the sf sense in the OED is from 1958.
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