- To disappoint is defined as to let someone down or fail to fill his expectations for you.
When your parents hope you will become a doctor and you end up unemployed and sleeping on their sofa instead, this is an example of a situation where you disappoint your parents.
- to fail to satisfy the hopes or expectations of; leave unsatisfied
- to undo or frustrate (a plan, intention, etc.); balk; thwart
Origin of disappointMiddle English disapointen ; from Old French desapointer: see dis- and amp; appoint
verbdis·ap·point·ed, dis·ap·point·ing, dis·ap·points
- To fail to satisfy the hope, desire, or expectation of.
- To frustrate or thwart: “I will not disappoint the confidence you have put in me” (Wayne A. Budd).
Origin of disappointMiddle English disappointen, from Old French desapointier, to remove from office : des-, dis- + apointer, apointier, to appoint; see appoint.
(third-person singular simple present disappoints, present participle disappointing, simple past and past participle disappointed)
- To displease by e.g. underperforming
- His lack of respect disappointed her.
- I am disappointed by this year's revenue.
From Middle French desapointer (compare French désappointer).