anthropoid meaning

anthropoid meaning

Next time you are in need of a subtle insult that will completely go over your oafish brother’s head, accuse him of being just barely anthropoid, or somewhat resembling a human.

Anthropoid is formed from the Greek word for human being, anthrōpos and the ending -oid, meaning “resembling.” Anthropoid can describe fictional animals that look like humans, like the three bears in the Goldilocks story, standing upright and wearing their Sunday best. The word also can describe objects that have been decorated to have human features, such as an anthropoid mask with a painted-on face (there’s a good insult for your great-aunt who wears too much make-up).

 

Definitions of anthropoid
  1. adjective

    resembling human beings

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    manlike

     

    human

     

    having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings
  2. adjective

    resembling apes

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    anthropoidal, apelike

     

    nonhuman

     

    not human; not belonging to or produced by or appropriate to human beings
  3. noun

    any member of the suborder Anthropoidea including monkeys and apes and hominids

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    primate

     

    any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet

     

     

  4. noun

    person who resembles a nonhuman primate

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    ape

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    misfit

     

    someone unable to adapt to their circumstances

     

     

 

 
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