un·​orig·​i·​nal | \ ˌən-ə-ˈrj-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce unoriginal (audio) , -ˈrij-nəl \

Definition of unoriginal

: lacking originality : not original an unoriginal idea a movie with a highly unoriginal plot an unoriginal thinker

Examples of unoriginal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As more artists try to make it on the app, TikTok viewers have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of unoriginal music. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 24 May 2022 Scott Sanchez, Kai’s coach, confirmed this unoriginal theory and added a key element. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 On these points, the lawyerly former president makes a pretty unimpeachable, if unoriginal, case. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Due to the proliferation of social media, wedding styles can quickly feel overused, unoriginal, and even worse, dated. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2021 With the case closed, Torres apologies to Parker for accidentally complaining about him in a public post on the new app, and Parker proves himself to be a chill boss, critiquing Torres for unoriginal language. Sara Netzley,, 9 Nov. 2021 At the time, Chinese phone brands still had a reputation as makers of unoriginal handsets that borrowed design elements from Apple. Ben Sin, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 SpaceX challenged the patent as unoriginal and won a split decision. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 It’s also awkward, overly precious, pretentious and unoriginal. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unoriginal

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Unoriginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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