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Meaning: slave, mechanical agent
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Name: robot Origin: {{{origin}}} Meaning (no case): slave, mechanical agent



The word robot comes from the Czech robotnik, which means "slave." When traced back through its etymology, this word derives from the Old High German arabeit, meaning "work."[1] Some sources claim that the definition of robotnik is actually "peasant," while the Czech word robota means "drudgery" or "servitude."[1] In any case, it is from these words that the English word Robot came to be.

The names Automaton and Android are much older than the name Robot. Automaton dates back to the 17th century and comes from the Greek automatos meaning "self-acting." Android dates back to the 18th century. The root andro means "human" and the suffix eides means "form."[1] The name Robot is of 20th century origin. It was coined by Josef Capek, a Czech writer, and popularized in 1923 by his brother Karel Capek in a play called Rossum's Universal Robots (also known as R.U.R.). Capek's Robots were essentially genetically engineered humans, but the term quickly became associated with Automatons.[1] The metaphorical meaning of a person who behaves mindlessly also caught on before the end of the 1920s.[1]


  • The word "Robotics" was coined by Isaac Asimov in 1941.[1]
  • In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci sketched designs for a humanoid robot.[1]
  • In South Africa, traffic lights are called Robots.[1]
  • The first Robot was patented in 1954, and called Unimate.[1]


Author: Sarena Ulibarri


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Gender product  +
Length 5  +
Meaning slave, mechanical agent  +
Meaningnc slave, mechanical agent  +
Name robot  +
Origin {{{origin}}}  +
Popularity 0  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Android  +, and Automaton  +
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