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I question whether this is really a Star Wars derivation. The word android certainly existed before Star Wars, and this is an intuitive shortening of that. bd2412 T 16:21, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Well, the earliest attestation I can find is George Lucas (1976) Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Evidence of another origin is welcome. Michael Z. 2010-02-24 18:48 z
Your link gives the date 1977 for publication, not 1976. So I added the infamous quote from the movie rather than either of the snippets in the google books result. The page just didn't seem complete without it :-) 11:00, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
1976.[1] “’droids.”[2] See also w:Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke SkywalkerMichael Z. 2010-02-25 13:53 z
Thanks! 16:42, 5 March 2010 (UTC)
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I think the definition is wrong; it's an intelligent robot period, not just from the Star Wars universe. Lucas may have coined the term (as an abbreviation for android, which is definition #2), but it has come to mean the thing wherever encountered.

  • 2005, John L. Kundert-Gibbs, Dariush Derakhshani, Maya Secrets of the Pros, p. 96:
    For a quick venture into ambient occlusion, we'll render a CGI robot droid in several passes and composite them back together in Photoshop to show the flexibility of ambient occlusion as well as rendering in layers for different lighting passes.
  • 1995, J. D. Robb, Glory in Death, p. 39:
    The bartender was a droid, as most were, but she doubted this one had been programmed to listen cheerfully to customers' hard luck stories.
  • 1985, R. A. Montgomery, War with the Evil Power Master, p. 92:
    The droid nods in agreement and begins to arm the ship's defensive weapons.
  • 1981, Paul Friedman, Computer programs in BASIC, p. 37:
    Each droid can move one square at a time. The computer and you each "own" a droid, but each of you can control the other's droid if you so desire.

Cheers! bd2412 T 03:03, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Implemented, thanks! —RuakhTALK 17:13, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
Yet ironically, "BD2412" could well be a Star Wars droid himself.. Ƿidsiþ 17:33, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
Beep whrrr-boop boop beeep! bd2412 T 04:26, 5 December 2009 (UTC)