Full record for humanoid n.

Definition A non-human being that has a human-like bodily form
OED requirements antedating 1940
Earliest cite Isaac Asimov, Homo Sol
Comment Mike 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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Citations for humanoid n.

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1940 I. Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 118/1 I have here?the official report from Alpha Centauri, on whose fifth planet the Humanoids of Sol have landed.
1947 J. Williamson in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 42/1 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.
1951 Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 56/1 Since this is a humanoid world, we'd have had to handle contact regardless of who spotted the degrader focus.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) iv. 48 Martians in trefoil sunglasses and respirators, humanoids from Beta Corvi III, things with exoskeletons from Allah knew where.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) x. 104 Nor had the humanoid Sirian waiter heard of strawberry soda.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Planet Savers in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) ii. 18 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.
1968 G. Roddenberry in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. iii. 207 We depict many humanoid aliens because we (along with Cal Tech studies and others) do believe parallel evolution is a distinct possibility.
1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 142 Behind him one of the slab-faced humanoids moved, weapon at the ready.
1970 G. Dickson Hour of Horde viii. 107 His last fight, with a dark-skinned humanoid named Henaoa, had take all of Miles' strength and skill to win.
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i.36 The life form they were searching for was of humanoid appearance.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle i.13 Also one primitive humanoid, about our size–who dies at an early age.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle vi. 37 She was humanoid, certainly.
1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii. ii.25 The small screen showed shapes that looked like blurry humanoid figures moving around the zievatron airlock.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible Prologue 4 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.
1985 S. Sucharitkul Alien Swordmaster i. ii. 11 The possibilities of a hundred percent humanoid race evolving on another world were pretty remote.
1986 J.M. Dillard Mindshadow i. 9 Life form reading ahead, Captain. Humanoid.
1986 D. Carey Dreadnought i.14, I lay on my side, blinking into a maze of lights and humanoid shapes.
1987 O. Butler Dawn (1991) i. ii. 12 The lights brightened as she had supposed they would, and what had seemed to be a tall, slender man was still humanoid, but it had not nose–no bulge, no nostrils–just flat, gray skin.
1992 P. David Imzadi xxiv. 189 Phaser blasts can stop them but not on lower settings. Ranges that stun the Sindareen can severely injure, even kill other humanoids.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 21/3 In order to assimilate and function on the planet, he takes on a humanoid shape, but he can turn himself into any shape he likes.
1994 Sci Fi Entertainment Aug. 41/1 Only that the humanoid form may in fact be far more common than anyone suspects.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape viii. 81 ‘Mr. Tuvok,’ she said, ‘I want you to maintain a lock on that humanoid. I want to know each time he takes a breath. Mr. Paris, I want you to scan for any anomalies in the area. Chakotay, see if you can find our away team underground, aboveground, or floating in the atmosphere. I want answers, people.’
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iii. 29 Some humanoids walked alone.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 9 What, ultimately, were the humanoids going to do with the universe?
2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People xi. 237 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.