Origin of original
SYNONYMS FOR original
Orīginālis is a derivative of the noun orīgō (inflectional stem orīgin- ) “beginning, first appearance, starting point.” Orīgō is a compound whose main element is the verb orīrī “(of the sun or moon) to rise, get out of bed, begin (an activity), sprout, spring up.” The present participle of orīrī is oriēns (inflectional stem orient- ) “the rising sun, daybreak, the east,” and is the ultimate source of English orient.
The earliest sense of original was “belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something”; the meaning “new, inventive, novel” dates from the mid-18th century.
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|Tom Doran|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Alec Nevala-Lee says the result is vague and unoriginal, yet somehow still comforting.‘The Tools’ Is Slick and Savvy—Like a Hollywood Remake|Alec Nevala-Lee|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
That simple, and unoriginal, fear lies at heart of The Crisis of Zionism.
Even her catchphrases came across as empty and unoriginal.‘Bachelor’ Finale: Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson & a Terrible Season|Andy Dehnart|March 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was a good letter, unoriginal and typical in its lack of grumbling and rather artificial cheerfulness.Happy House|Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Certain prominent historical differences between Aeolic and Ionic (the digamma and α) are known to be unoriginal.
And so on—respectable answers, unoriginal but having the sanction of history, of just and generous minds.The Trial of Callista Blake|Edgar Pangborn
It is as easy to be unoriginal as it is hard at times to be original.Parkhurst Boys|Talbot Baines Reed
Yet one would be loath to approve his arguments, unoriginal as they are.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor