- depressed or discouraged by the failure of one's hopes or expectations: a disappointed suitor.
- Obsolete. inadequately appointed; ill-equipped.
Origin of disappointed
- to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of: His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
- to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate: to be disappointed in love.
- to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin of disappoint
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Examples from the Web for disappointed
For his part, Bratton is disappointed but not surprised that the same narrative is already being mapped onto Fry and Spencer.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
When I spoke to coworkers and friends today about the final episode, they were, unsurprisingly, disappointed.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
“If you are expecting any serious answers to this question, you are probably going to be disappointed,” he said.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
Because it is not the rousing King we expect, we are disappointed.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
The great Mann disappointed her; instead of Kafka and Tolstoy, he wanted to know what she thought of Hemingway.Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And she was disappointed that he only promised to consider the matter and let her hear from him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Mr. Cobden and Mr. Bright must have been disappointed in this 'young man from the country.'The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
My confidence in you is great, and I am sure it will not be disappointed.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Well, at least, if I had to be disappointed, I should like it to be in something that would be worth having.Weighed and Wanting
- saddened by the failure of an expectation, etc
- to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
- to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin and History for disappointed
1550s, past participle adjective from disappoint. Related: Disappointedly.
Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.