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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • The proceedings of the first half hour were disappointingly tame.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • From all sources, however, the information obtained is fragmentary, and facts are disappointingly isolated.

    The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
  • More often the faculties of the crocodile are disappointingly acute.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • The number was disappointingly small, even to those who knew the conditions.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
British Dictionary definitions for disappointingly


failing to meet one's expectations, hopes, desires, or standards
Derived Forms
disappointingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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