- failing to fulfill one's hopes or expectations: a disappointing movie; a disappointing marriage.
Origin of disappointing
- 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 disappointing
Two years later, further tests were done, but this time to a disappointing conclusion.The Chinese Town Descended From Romans?
December 4, 2014
On the other hand, what broken and disappointing ground it is.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
No matter how constitutionally suspect, how costly, how slapdash, or how disappointing a grand policy might be, well, they tried.Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
October 14, 2014
In the end he was left with a disappointing product that bore little of his creative fingerprint.David Fincher’s Backseat Feminism
October 9, 2014
It is disappointing and, frankly, frightening that Thompson walked away from his repugnant Sea World excursion scot-free.Texas Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Art
September 20, 2014
Then he would have the double satisfaction of using the boat and disappointing Robert.Brave and Bold
The issue was, however, disappointing to him in the extreme.Within the Law
But for what he had heard he would have found them disappointing.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
It is a disappointing reversion to the primitive, I must admit.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
You may be sure of one thing: if our troops are waiting for them, they have no intention of disappointing us.The Downfall
- failing to meet one's expectations, hopes, desires, or standards
- 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 disappointing
Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.