Definition of disappointing in English:



  • Failing to fulfil someone's hopes or expectations.

    ‘the team made a disappointing start’
    with clause ‘it was disappointing that there were relatively few possibilities’
    • ‘The book had a rather disappointing ending because she is " rescued " again by another man.’
    • ‘Don't let a disappointing performance from your last meet affect your next meet.’
    • ‘He said it was very disappointing that so many prisoners were reconvicted within two years.’
    • ‘We find it disappointing and, for someone of your standing, surprising.’
    • ‘Once again, the audio is slightly disappointing due to the lack of commentary.’
    • ‘People have their reasons, it's just… slightly disappointing is all.’
    • ‘I always find it kind of disappointing that you stop seeing his stuff after a while.’
    • ‘The Huskies hope to rebound from a disappointing fifth place finish in Hockey East.’
    • ‘In a hugely disappointing season for the Saints, Knight was a decided bright spot.’
    • ‘In addition, the response by the government to such reports has frequently been conspicuously disappointing.’
    • ‘Kerry's disappointing third place finish in New Hampshire might compel him to drop out.’
    • ‘They are a solid group of people and they will stick together after what was a bitterly disappointing defeat.’
    • ‘Research on controlled fusion power has now been going on for a half century with somewhat disappointing results.’
    • ‘Lancashire will be aiming for revenge after they suffered a bitterly disappointing defeat at Leicester last month.’
    • ‘Northerly needed to show some return to form after two disappointing starts in August.’
    • ‘"It was a bitterly disappointing result and we did not play well, " he admitted.’
    • ‘Yet, in spite of all that, this writer found it disappointing.’
    • ‘After all the effort that s been put in over the years it must be particularly disappointing for local people.’
    • ‘Kilner will also be looking for more from his forwards after their disappointing showing on Saturday.’
    • ‘He said it was very disappointing that at some home games the travelling team had more support than Easkey.’
    saddening, disheartening, dispiriting, discouraging, upsetting, dismaying, depressing, distressing
    unsatisfactory, inadequate, insufficient, unworthy, substandard, not good enough
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