disappointing

adjective
dis·​ap·​point·​ing | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯin-tiŋ How to pronounce disappointing (audio) \

Definition of disappointing

: failing to meet expectations a disappointing meal

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Other Words from disappointing

disappointingly \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈpȯin-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce disappointingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of disappointing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the jet was lauded by airline customers, sales were disappointing because of concerns about the sustainability of a program that had severely weakened Bombardier’s financial condition after years of delays and soaring costs. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program," 7 Feb. 2020 While female participation in the gig economy is rising, this number is particularly disappointing. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Charted: India’s growing gig workforce is young, gender skewed, and underpaid," 5 Feb. 2020 Defensive tackle Damon Harrison ran out of batteries and had a disappointing season. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How close are Detroit Lions to the Super Bowl champion Chiefs? Closer than you think," 5 Feb. 2020 Macy’s is shuttering dozens of stores across the country and laying off thousands of employees after a disappointing holiday season. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Macy's closing dozens of stores and cutting roughly 2,000 employees," 4 Feb. 2020 Mike Stobe/Getty Images The Knicks and Nets have had disappointing seasons thus far, punctuated by both teams losing to the Los Angeles Lakers this week. New York Times, "The Good, the Bad and the Bizarre for the Knicks and the Nets," 24 Jan. 2020 Defensive linemen Denico Autry, Tyquan Lewis and Margus Hunt, among others, all endured disappointing seasons to varying degrees. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Frank Reich: Colts closing in on new D-line coach, considering adding new staff position," 21 Jan. 2020 Kitchens has appeared overwhelmed at times and the home finale was a microcosm of this disappointing season as the Browns underperformed and will miss the playoffs for the 17th straight season. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Ravens win 11th straight, clinch top seed in AFC playoffs," 22 Dec. 2019 Wednesday featured yet another disappointing performance from Michigan's defense, which has struggled mightily over the past month. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Juwan Howard rips into Michigan basketball's poor communication, 'unacceptable' defense," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of disappointing

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disappointing was in 1530

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12 Feb 2020

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“Disappointing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointing. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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