depressed or discouraged by the failure of one's hopes or expectations: a disappointed suitor.
Obsolete. inadequately appointed; ill-equipped.

Origin of disappointed

First recorded in 1545–55; disappoint + -ed2
Related formsdis·ap·point·ed·ly, adverbun·dis·ap·point·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to bring or cause disappointment.

Origin of disappoint

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Middle French word desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related formsdis·ap·point·er, noun

Synonyms for disappoint

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Examples from the Web for disappointed

Contemporary Examples of disappointed

Historical Examples of disappointed

  • 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

  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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.

  • 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

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for disappointed



saddened by the failure of an expectation, etc
Derived Formsdisappointedly, adverb


verb (tr)

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 for disappoint

C15 (originally meaning: to remove from office): from Old French desapointier; see dis- 1, appoint
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Word Origin and History for disappointed

1550s, past participle adjective from disappoint. Related: Disappointedly.



early 15c., "dispossess of appointed office," from Middle French desappointer (14c.) "undo the appointment, remove from office," from des- (see dis-) + appointer "appoint" (see appoint).

Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.

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