Definition of unoriginal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈrɪdʒɪn(ə)l/


Lacking originality; derivative: an uninteresting and unoriginal essay
More example sentences
  • It's stale, unoriginal, formulaic, repetitive, and shows as much originality and passion as a tribute band.
  • Look, you guys can say all you like that this was unoriginal or derivative, but I've seen the films he's ripping off and you know what?
  • Guilty of being vastly unoriginal, insipid, boring, and just downright horrible!



Pronunciation: /ʌnərɪdʒɪˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • Now there's a true conservative's flare for unoriginality.
  • Contestants are rewarded for unoriginality and short-term profit gains, proving that the spirit of Enron will continue to thrive as long as audiences deem The Apprentice a hit, rather than giving it the miss it deserves.
  • Irish directors are the root of the problem, he says: an expletive-laden diatribe against their complacency and unoriginality demonstrates the depth of his feeling on the subject.


Example sentences
  • Rather unoriginally named ‘brown mix,’ though I think there's probably some kind of translation problem… the name in Japanese is probably something beautiful like ‘sunset on a perfect day in the mountains, drawing shadows.’
  • The latter's the most ironic, as it's my second-favourite Shakespeare play. [My favourite is Hamlet, unoriginally enough.]
  • My first thought, unoriginally enough, was a fish.

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Line breaks: un|ori¦gin¦al

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