dis·​ap·​point·​ing ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯin-tiŋ How to pronounce disappointing (audio)
: failing to meet expectations
a disappointing meal
disappointingly adverb

Examples of disappointing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that is now unclear after disappointing inflation data earlier in the year. Rafael Nam, NPR, 16 May 2024 But following the disappointing screening that drew most of the major studio heads, a group that typically doesn’t acquire big-budget movies, Coppola began working with international sales outfit Goodfellas. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for disappointing 

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disappointing was in 1530

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“Disappointing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointing. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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