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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The presence of Wagner, Wright and his brother — second-year cornerback Shaquill Griffin — made a somewhat disappointing rookie season a little easier to digest. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After a statistically empty rookie season, what’s next for Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin?," 6 Jan. 2019 But the disappointing launch of Waymo One in December forced me to rethink that logic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Joe, who has his own issues with father figures, can actually relate to the idea of a disappointing dad. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 The disappointing duo trudge into one of the coldest bowl games each season with more bad news: uncertainty at QB. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Miami, Wisconsin set to battle cold in frigid Pinstripe Bowl," 26 Dec. 2018 If Nintendo's pulling out and the Playstation Classic sales disappointing—so far, Japanese sales have fallen short of the NES but still impressive at 120,000—the nostalgic system market might be coming to end. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Christmas May Be Your Last Chance to Get a NES or SNES Classic," 14 Dec. 2018 After the disappointing meeting, investors are cluing up to Under Armour’s management and governance weaknesses. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Under Armour’s #MeToo Problem Is Also a Growth Problem," 13 Dec. 2018 At 6-6-1, the Vikings are one of the most disappointing teams in the league. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on #MNF," 11 Dec. 2018 The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Twilight" Writer Stephenie Meyer Wanted Emily Browning and Henry Cavill for Bella Swan and Edward Cullen," 3 Dec. 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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