anthropomorphic anthropomorphic  /ˌænθrə pə ˈmɔr fɪk/


  • (adj) suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things



  1. We equate an enclosure with prison, and it's a very anthropomorphic way of looking at the animals.
  2. Madagascar, from the DreamWorks team, is a Shrek-like anthropomorphic sitcom.
  3. Ellie and Manny are having a baby, opening the door to a series of crassly anthropomorphic references to her hormones and his paternal anxieties.


  1. Badger, Bunny And Black-Cat Blues: 3 Tales Of Animal Noir

    Writer Jody Arlington picks three hot summer graphic-novel reads. The twist? They all star anthropomorphic animals: Doughty badger detective LeBrock, hard-boiled cat detective John Blacksad and resistance rabbit Hardin dodge assassins, steal secrets and track down the missing just like their human counterparts.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: NPR

  2. Exhibit preview: “RURobot?” is a multi-media salute to our future electronic overlords

    Robots are the new zombies. OK, it’s probably too soon to make that pop cultural prediction, but anthropomorphic mechanics are taking over the Brewery District’s Gallery 831 this month. More than 40 artists, many from Columbus, contributed robot-inspired art for “RURobot?”
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Columbus Alive


  1. "I think it sucks," Jobs reportedly said of an early Segway prototype. "Its shape is not innovative, it's not elegant, it doesn't feel anthropomorphic."
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Steve Jobs Source: PC World

  2. "I am absolutely opposed:to a TV version," Lewis wrote to BBC producer Lance Sieveking, who had created a radio version of his book which had met Lewis' approval. "Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility,...
    on Dec 5, 2005 By: CS Lewis Source:

  3. "They really are part human, and they behave in subtle anthropomorphic ways," says Weitz about the balance that had to be struck in their appearance. "We wanted them to feel different than photo-realistic animals. The light hits them in a...
    on Nov 19, 2007 By: Chris Weitz Source: USA Today

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