Definition of “disappointing” - English Dictionary

“disappointing” in British English

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uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.tɪŋ/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.t̬ɪŋ/

B1 making you feel disappointed:

What a disappointing result!
The response to our advertisement has been somewhat disappointing.

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  • Tiger Woods is determined to erase the memory of a disappointing Cup debut two years ago.
  • The company blamed its disappointing performance on a misguided business plan.
  • We were expecting to win, so a draw was a disappointing result for us.
  • Her disappointing exam results are entirely due to her inattention in class.
  • Responses to our advertisement have been disappointing.
adverb uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.tɪŋ.li/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.t̬ɪŋ.li/

The team played very disappointingly.

(Definition of “disappointing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“disappointing” in American English

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us /ˌdɪs·əˈpɔɪn·tɪŋ/

not as good as you had hoped or expected; not satisfactory:

The team has had two disappointing seasons.
Kerrigan finished the race a disappointing fifth.

(Definition of “disappointing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)