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[dis-uh-poin-ting] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪn tɪŋ/
failing to fulfill one's hopes or expectations:
a disappointing movie; a disappointing marriage.
Origin of disappointing
First recorded in 1520-30; disappoint + -ing2
Related forms
disappointingly, adverb
undisappointing, adjective Unabridged
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  • The proceedings of the first half hour were disappointingly tame.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • More often the faculties of the crocodile are disappointingly acute.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • He had made that disappointingly plain to her in his letter.

    Katrine Elinor Macartney Lane
  • What the stipulations were is not clear; for with this exception the Irish Records are disappointingly silent.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • With most of them the new work was disappointingly similar to that gone through with all winter.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for disappointingly


failing to meet one's expectations, hopes, desires, or standards
Derived Forms
disappointingly, adverb
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