dis·​ap·​point·​ed | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯin-təd How to pronounce disappointed (audio) \

Definition of disappointed

1 : defeated in expectation or hope apologized to their disappointed fans
2 obsolete : not adequately equipped

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Other Words from disappointed

disappointedly adverb

Examples of disappointed in a Sentence

We were disappointed that they couldn't go. Disappointed fans slowly left the ballpark. I was disappointed to see that my suggestions had been ignored. They were deeply disappointed by her lack of interest. Don't be too disappointed if everything doesn't go as planned. Your father and I are very disappointed in you.
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Prince Harry did plenty of not great stuff in his wild youth that could make a parent feel disappointed, but apparently his dad, Prince Charles, was bummed about him way before that. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Once Said Prince Charles Was Very Disappointed When Prince Harry Was Born," 27 Apr. 2019 Instead, the two players — and a disappointed audience — were sent home after the third set on Friday with Djokovic leading 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) following a tense tiebreaker that had more entertaining rallies than some entire matches. Mattias Karen, chicagotribune.com, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to finish their Wimbledon semifinal Saturday," 13 July 2018 The ruling bitterly disappointed conservatives who thought Kennedy would be part of a Supreme Court majority to outlaw affirmative action in education. Eric Tucker, Houston Chronicle, "Trump revokes Obama policy using race in school admissions," 3 July 2018 An example came early this year, when her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, disappointed activists by refusing to wear black to a film and television awards ceremony as a sign of solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Ellen Barry, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m American. I hug.’ Meghan Markle’s impact on the British monarchy," 19 May 2018 Um, unfortunately, you might be left a little disappointed. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Reason Meghan Markle Is Unlikely to Have a Baby Shower," 28 Jan. 2019 Even Jenny Han herself was disappointed to see the sweet Halloween moment cut from the film, telling Teen Vogue that there might have been a rights issue surrounding Spider-Man’s costume. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Says He'll Be Spider-Man for Halloween — If Tom Holland Is Peter Kavinsky," 26 Aug. 2018 At dessert time, the chiffon-like consistency of a mango mousse cake left some of us disappointed. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "A dessert disguised as a potted plant, and more surprises at Blair's on Hudson," 30 May 2018 People who donate in those situations may be disappointed to learn that their donations haven’t been especially useful. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of disappointed

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disappointed

see disappoint

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The first known use of disappointed was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of disappointed

: feeling sad, unhappy, or displeased because something was not as good as expected or because something you hoped for or expected did not happen
: unhappy because someone has behaved badly

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