What does -oid mean?

-oid meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element indicating "like, like this of, thing like a ______," from Latinized kind of Greek -oeides, from eidos "form," linked to idein "to see," eidenai "understand;" actually "to see," from PIE *weid-es-, from root *weid- "to see, to understand" (see eyesight). The -o- is connective or a stem vowel from the past element.


-oid meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix or combining kind meaning like, resembling, when you look at the form of; as in anthropoid, asteroid, spheroid.


-oid meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix or incorporating kind meaning like, resembling, by means of; like in anthropoid, asteroid, spheroid.