After a string of disappointing economic news, the job numbers for July were very welcome.
From all accounts, the answers are as plentiful as they are complicated and as disappointing as they are sad.
By contrast, after Ronald Reagan helped lead to declining unionization, capital investment was disappointing in the 1980s.
Or would it be disappointing to us if were to suddenly go back in a time machine?
Some of the responses I got were disappointing and sadly predictable.
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.
The little crowd of inquirers around Mrs. Gibson thickened, to hear her confirm their disappointing surmise.
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.
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.