Is there a word or phrase for "created by someone with poor imagination"?

(Preferably not very offensive. "Think big" is not offensive, so maybe this doesn't need to be offensive either)

  • Friendly warning: Single word requests are best with a sample sentence, and you can avoid down/close votes by having one. Eg "The toy was great, but the packaging was created by someone with poor imagination.
    – Pam
    Nov 30, 2018 at 8:29
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    (Frustratingly) unsophisticated/unimaginative?
    – Alex_ander
    Nov 30, 2018 at 9:01
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    @Alex_ander I agree with "unimaginative" but would also suggest "uninspired" as a possibility.
    – BoldBen
    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:45
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    @BoldBen should have been an answer.
    – MWB
    Dec 1, 2018 at 5:37
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    @MaxB Thanks fot the vote of confidence, I just couldn't see how to turn it into a proper, full, answer or to recognise Alexander's suggestion properly in an answer.
    – BoldBen
    Dec 2, 2018 at 13:26

2 Answers 2


Try underwhelming. From the Cambridge Dictionary:

not causing someone to feel any excitement or admiration:

The food was good but unfortunately we found the rest of the experience distinctly underwhelming.


A common adjective used currently would be generic.

From Merriam Webster - generic:

C. having no particularly distinctive quality or application.

Perhaps more pointedly, from Urban Dictionary, generic:

To be so basic you can't even be basic anymore you become generic.

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