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.
Homo Sol in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 118/1
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.
With Folded Hands… in Astounding Science Fiction July 42/1
Martians in trefoil sunglasses and respirators, humanoids from Beta Corvi III, things with exoskeletons from Allah knew where.
Starman Jones (1975) iv. 48
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.
Planet Savers in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) ii. 18
Behind him one of the slab-faced humanoids moved, weapon at the ready.
Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 142
His last fight, with a dark-skinned humanoid named Henaoa, had take all of Miles' strength and skill to win.
Hour of Horde viii. 107
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.
Dwellers in the Crucible Prologue 4
Phaser blasts can stop them but not on lower settings. Ranges that stun the Sindareen can severely injure, even kill other humanoids.
Imzadi xxiv. 189
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.
Sky People xi. 237
Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1947 cite from Jack Williamson.
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Homo Sol"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1940 magazine appearance.
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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