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

First recorded in 1545–55; disappoint + -ed2
Related formsdis·ap·point·ed·ly, adverbun·dis·ap·point·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for disappointedly

Historical Examples

  • "I did not have a chance to say one word to him," said Lou, disappointedly.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • "Oh, that is the postmaster's son," said Alan disappointedly.

  • “I was about to ask you to dine with me to-night,” disappointedly.

  • "We'll have to leave it," acknowledged Percy, disappointedly.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • It sped through them and then went as if disappointedly to a lower level.

    The Machine That Saved The World

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for disappointedly


  1. saddened by the failure of an expectation, etc
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Derived Formsdisappointedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disappointedly



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

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