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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All that perfect looking fruit in the supermarket may be disappointing. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Bees: Essential In Food Production," 27 June 2018 The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Morgan Freeman hits back at CNN, demands retraction of harassment allegations," 29 May 2018 Just days before her wedding, some disappointing news about her own family has surfaced. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Takes the Blame for Her Dad's Staged Paparazzi Photos," 14 May 2018 The Wolfpack developed their defensive line into a dominant force and played well in close games, while Louisville regressed on defense and endured a disappointing season. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat NC State," 12 July 2018 Like Wentz, not to mention former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, Trubisky is an underrated athlete who should fit well into this scheme, assuming Nagy and those new weapons can help him take the next step after a disappointing rookie season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Bears training camp questions: Can Mitchell Trubisky take off under rookie coach Matt Nagy?," 10 July 2018 The Owls were last in the AAC in total offense after five games as redshirt sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi struggled to lead the team to a disappointing 3-4 start. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Temple is No. 50 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 8 July 2018 There was unrest in the ballpark after a disappointing start to the season. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Cheers for Maikel Franco, Phillies in home-opener win, but boo birds come for Gabe Kapler," 5 Apr. 2018 If you, like me, have been lamenting the lack of good, traditional arcade racing games ever since Burnout Paradise drove the concept into an open-world ditch, this may sound a little disappointing. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Onrush is basically Overwatch on wheels," 8 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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