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


failing to fulfill one's hopes or expectations: a disappointing movie; a disappointing marriage.

Nearby words

  1. disappear,
  2. disappearance,
  3. disapplication,
  4. disappoint,
  5. disappointed,
  6. disappointment,
  7. disappointment, cape,
  8. disapprobation,
  9. disapproval,
  10. disapprove

Origin of disappointing

First recorded in 1520–30; disappoint + -ing2

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


[ 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 formsdis·ap·point·er, noun

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/ (ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪŋ) /


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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for disappointing



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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