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 formsdis·ap·point·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·ap·point·ing, adjective
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  • The proceedings of the first half hour were disappointingly tame.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • More often the faculties of the crocodile are disappointingly acute.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

  • He had made that disappointingly plain to her in his letter.


    Elinor Macartney Lane

  • What the stipulations were is not clear; for with this exception the Irish Records are disappointingly silent.

  • With most of them the new work was disappointingly similar to that gone through with all winter.

    For the Honor of the School

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for disappointingly



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