un·​orig·​i·​nal ˌən-ə-ˈrj-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce unoriginal (audio)
: 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 Rohrwacher’s unoriginal, simplistic aim is to wipe the slate of male-filmmaker influence. Armond White, National Review, 3 Apr. 2024 The colorful cans come in four decidedly unoriginal, Spindrift-esque flavors: lime, grapefruit, peach, and black cherry. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2024 The cardinal event of Saturday night is the dunk contest, which is now a lame parade of props, unoriginal ideas, and G-Leaguers. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 Perhaps that’s why so much of this early new era of MLS has felt so clumsy, so ill-fitting and so unoriginal. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Submitting a research paper filled with plagiarism or unoriginal thoughts could seriously impact your grades and, depending on your institution, lead to expulsion. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Peltz’s diagnoses of Disney’s key challenges are rather unoriginal. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 After a few seconds, the program spat out an eight-paragraph essay, unoriginal but coherent, with works cited. Christopher Beam, WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 In its unoriginal premise — yet another knight trying to impress his lady! Ilan Stavans,, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unoriginal was in 1749

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“Unoriginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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