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

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These sentences aren’t flourishes of showoff; nothing unoriginal slips by in this flawless novel. Randy Rosenthal, The Seattle Times, "A grieving widow stalks her dead husband through the streets of Havana," 2 Aug. 2018 His teacher said the design was unoriginal and gave him the mediocre grade, but offered to raise it to an A if the design was accepted nationally. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 Veronica, meanwhile, sneaks into her dad’s office and opens the safe (the code is always her birthday, how unoriginal, Hiram) to grab the cash inside. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 19: Did Betty Learn Who the Black Hood Is?," 26 Apr. 2018 What’s maybe most surprising is how unoriginal most of the work is. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can Netflix Take Over Hollywood?," 24 Apr. 2018 If Apple produced a complicated, unoriginal computer, our brand association might cause many of us to ignore that reality and praise the product anyway. Tim Calkins, Fortune, "Commentary: Everyone Loved Bill Cosby. Did His Brand Cover His Crimes?," 30 Apr. 2018 Beckham pokes fun at Mendes and calls him unoriginal in a promo for the upcoming episode. Jenna West,, "Watch: Odell Beckham Jr. Raps In Promo For Sunday's 'Drop The Mic'," 20 Apr. 2018 Isn’t there enough unoriginal programming on television already? Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Sorry, 'Roseanne', but it's time to stop the reboot madness," 19 Apr. 2018 The latest film in the long-running saga is an unoriginal, tone-deaf mess. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Last Jedi Comes Straight from the Star Wars Recycling Bin," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unoriginal

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unoriginal was in 1749

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English Language Learners Definition of unoriginal

: not new or different : not able to think of or make new and creative things

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