disappointing

[ dis-uh-poin-ting ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪn tɪŋ /

adjective

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

dis·ap·point·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·ap·point·ing, adjective

Definition for disappointing (2 of 2)

disappoint

[ dis-uh-point ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt /

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 forms

dis·ap·point·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for disappointing (1 of 2)

disappointing

/ (ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪŋ) /

adjective

failing to meet one's expectations, hopes, desires, or standards

Derived Forms

disappointingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for disappointing (2 of 2)

disappoint

/ (ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt) /

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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