automatons; automata

If you walk like an automaton, you move stiffly, like a robot. An automaton is something constructed to be human-like, or a person who seems to have lost the spark of life.

When you see the word, think of Frankenstein's monster, or C3PO from Star Wars. They're not quite human, but they were made to appear so. Used metaphorically, this word suggests the loss of joy and sense of life that makes someone seem like a robot or zombie. After a bad loss, the baseball team might be sitting around like a bunch of automatons. They're mopey and lifeless.

Definitions of automaton
  1. noun
    a mechanism that can move automatically
    synonyms: golem, robot
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    android, humanoid, mechanical man
    an automaton that resembles a human being
    type of:
    device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
  2. noun
    someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
    “only an automaton wouldn't have noticed”
    synonyms: zombi, zombie
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    type of:
    anomaly, unusual person
    a person who is unusual
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