disappointing

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

Definition of disappointing

: failing to meet expectations a disappointing meal

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

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The tension between a pair of Ford drivers is the fallout from a disappointing Daytona 500 for the blue oval brand. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano," 19 Feb. 2019 The show's ratings were so disappointing, in fact, that Lifetime passed it over to Netflix for season two. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Are Just Now Discovering You on Netflix, and They're Flipping Out," 9 Jan. 2019 Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain's new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Former Barça coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain," 9 July 2018 After back-to-back disappointing campaigns defensively, the program saw vast improvements under Leavitt’s direction in 2017. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Oregon counts on Mario Cristobal to build on success, Ducks are No. 75 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 June 2018 Vanderhook said that given the team’s 1-7 record to start the year, the result was disappointing, but still impressive in some way. Ethan Bauer, latimes.com, "Cal State Fullerton’s World Series berth slips away in 10th," 11 June 2018 And the Rockets were that bad — disappointing, lackadaisical, out of sync — and are two defeats away from their season suddenly being over. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "View from Houston: Game 3 exposes gulf between Rockets, Warriors," 20 May 2018 Of course, the Sixers’ 2017-18 season will also be remembered by Markelle Fultz’s disappointing rookie campaign that was shrouded in mystery that left many with more questions than answers. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "What's the future of the Sixers roster? A player-by-player breakdown," 15 May 2018 In a lesser writer’s hands, this change would be disappointing, even alienating, but Barnett makes the exhaustion of life on the road feel relatable. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Strange Poignancy of Courtney Barnett’s Minutiae," 14 May 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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