from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not up to expectations or hopes: a disappointing test score; finished the marathon in a disappointing 12th place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That disappoints or disappoint.
  • v. Present participle of disappoint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. defeating one's expectations or hopes; failing to fulfill one's expectations or hopes.
  • n. the act of disappointing someone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing disappointment; not equal to or falling short of one's expectation; unsatisfactory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not up to expectations


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