- belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.
- new; fresh; inventive; novel: an original way of advertising.
- arising or proceeding independently of anything else: an original view of history.
- capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner: an original thinker.
- created, undertaken, or presented for the first time: to give the original performance of a string quartet.
- being something from which a copy, a translation, or the like is made: The original document is in Washington.
- a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.
- an original work, writing, or the like, as opposed to any copy or imitation: The original of this is in the British Museum.
- the person or thing represented by a picture, description, etc.: The original is said to have been the painter's own house.
- a person whose ways of thinking or acting are original: In a field of brilliant technicians he is a true original.
- Archaic. an eccentric person.
- Archaic. a source of being; an author or originator.
Origin of original
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Examples from the Web for unoriginal
Your most grating acquaintance could – and usually would – bombard you with reams of unoriginal drivel at the press of a key.Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media
March 30, 2013
Alec Nevala-Lee says the result is vague and unoriginal, yet somehow still comforting.‘The Tools’ Is Slick and Savvy—Like a Hollywood Remake
June 14, 2012
That simple, and unoriginal, fear lies at heart of The Crisis of Zionism.A Response to Jonathan Rosen
April 17, 2012
Even her catchphrases came across as empty and unoriginal.‘Bachelor’ Finale: Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson & a Terrible Season
March 13, 2012
It is as easy to be unoriginal as it is hard at times to be original.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
The advertising writer is the most unoriginal creature imaginable.Post-Impressions
Yet one would be loath to approve his arguments, unoriginal as they are.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
And so on—respectable answers, unoriginal but having the sanction of history, of just and generous minds.The Trial of Callista Blake
But the style of most of them is unoriginal, being merely an echo of that of the English Lake School.John Greenleaf Whittier
W. Sloane Kennedy
- not fresh and unusual
- of or relating to an origin or beginning
- fresh and unusual; novel
- able to think of or carry out new ideas or concepts
- being that from which a copy, translation, etc, is made
- the first and genuine form of something, from which others are derived
- a person or thing used as a model in art or literature
- a person whose way of thinking is unusual or creative
- an unconventional or strange person
- the first form or occurrence of something
- an archaic word for originatorSee originator
Word Origin and History for unoriginal
"original text," late 14c., from Medieval Latin originale (see original (adj.)). Of photographs, films, sound recordings, etc., from 1918.
early 14c., "first in time, earliest," from Old French original "first" (13c.) and directly from Latin originalis, from originem (nominative origo) "beginning, source, birth," from oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The first reference is in original sin "innate depravity of man's nature," supposed to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall. Related: Originally.