dis·ap·point·ing | \ -ˈpȯin-tiŋ \

Definition of disappointing 

: failing to meet expectations a disappointing meal

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disappointingly \-ˈpȯin-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

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While replays have reversed a few bad decisions, the outcome has been largely disappointing. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 Ending the afterparty that night was actually pretty disappointing. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Italy’s failure to qualify was especially disappointing to fans of the team’s formidable goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, who has retired from the international game. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Best of the World Cup: when cultures mix," 6 July 2018 Youth movement — The emergence of rookies Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronald Guzman has been one of the pleasant surprises during a mostly disappointing first half. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Five reasons the Rangers have a five-game winning streak," 21 June 2018 Last year's semifinalist, Johanna Konta, is the early center of attention as the home player attempts to put a disappointing first half of the year behind her in an opening-round matchup with Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia on No. Houston Chronicle, "Maria Sharapova falls in first round at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 His first attempt at boiling it for 30 minutes, followed by grilling for another 30 minutes resulted in a disappointing chewiness. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 But her remarkable career came to a disappointing end Sunday. CBS News, "Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career," 27 May 2018 But Chesterton also benefited from a confidence boost that was a focal point for after a disappointing end to last season. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton's Dawn Matthys named the 2017-18 Post-Tribune Girls Gymnastics Coach of the Year," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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