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  • IPA(key): /ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪd/
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disappointed (comparative more disappointed, superlative most disappointed)

  1. Defeated of expectations or hope; experiencing disappointment; let down.
    After all his anticipation, the trip left him deeply disappointed.
    1. Having had a marriage proposal rejected.
      • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 141:
        Scattered here and there amongst the steerage passengers were men of a different class: men whose previous lives had not fitted them for the hard and uncertain lot that certainly lay before them - pale-faced boys from Melbourne shops; middle-aged and disappointed men; one and all hoping for a turn of luck in the lottery of the newly-discovered goldfield.
  2. Expressing or indicating disappointment.
    a disappointed tone / face / silence

Usage notes[edit]

The following examples illustrate common usage:

  • She was disappointed in you. (i.e. Your actions, attitude, etc. disappointed her.)
  • She was disappointed with her performance.
  • She was disappointed at being left out.
  • She was disappointed to be left out.
  • She was disappointed that you didn’t go to her party.


Derived terms[edit]




  1. simple past and past participle of disappoint