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disappointing

[dis-uh-poin-ting] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪn tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
failing to fulfill one's hopes or expectations:
a disappointing movie; a disappointing marriage.
Origin of disappointing
1520-1530
1520-30; disappoint + -ing2
Related forms
disappointingly, adverb
undisappointing, adjective

disappoint

[dis-uh-point] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:
His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
2.
to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:
to be disappointed in love.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related forms
disappointer, noun
Synonyms
1. sadden, disillusion, dishearten, disenchant.
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  • Moreover, the small number of able-bodied workingmen among them was disappointing to the colonization company.

  • Then he would have the double satisfaction of using the boat and disappointing Robert.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The little crowd of inquirers around Mrs. Gibson thickened, to hear her confirm their disappointing surmise.

    Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Their sons, by disappointing their expectations, had dealt them the final blow.

  • I determined that, in future, no one should have the opportunity of disappointing my trust in them.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for disappointing

disappointing

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪŋ/
adjective
1.
failing to meet one's expectations, hopes, desires, or standards
Derived Forms
disappointingly, adverb

disappoint

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
2.
to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin
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

disappoint

v.

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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