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

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That’s one of the reasons that today’s decision was so disappointing. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Supreme Court ruling sets up state-by-state anti-gerrymandering battles," 27 June 2019 Follow up wins against Spain and Denmark were laboured, while a farewell loss against New Zealand was even more disappointing. SI.com, "Women's World Cup: Why England Won't Be Lifting the Trophy Unless Things Quickly Improve," 24 June 2019 Running times in the 60-yard dash — a baseball measuring stick — were generally disappointing at Poway, but there were some standouts. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Showcase is place to be seen for local talent," 20 June 2019 The Raiders are coming off a disappointing 4-12 first season under coach Jon Gruden, who is in his second stint as coach. cleveland.com, "Oakland Raiders make up new cast of HBO’s, ‘Hard Knocks:’ Crowquill," 16 June 2019 My inquiries at ZipRecruiter were equally disappointing. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019 The crash was particularly disappointing and surprising, since the company’s first rocket launch successfully reached an altitude of 100km (62 miles) before failure. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Japan's Latest Attempt at Private Spaceflight Fails on Liftoff," 1 July 2018 These were the salad days of congressional supremacy, and the results are extremely disappointing. Jay Cost, National Review, "Congress Should Fix Itself before Reclaiming Its Power," 14 June 2019 That is disappointing and better education is necessary. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Respond aggressively to Colorado’s declining vaccination rate," 14 June 2019

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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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