bear·​ish | \ ˈber-ish How to pronounce bearish (audio) \

Definition of bearish

1 : resembling a bear in build or in roughness, gruffness, or surliness a bearish man
2a : marked by, tending to cause, or fearful of falling prices (as in a stock market) bearish investors

Other Words from bearish

bearishly adverb
bearishness noun

Examples of bearish in a Sentence

The market has been bearish lately. some studio execs are bearish about this summer's box office
Recent Examples on the Web Any whiff of a 75-basis-point hike would likely send bearish investors rushing for the exits, the markets pros fear, after a week to forget. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 11 May 2022 Hindenburg has made a name for itself over the past few years because of its bearish reports about electric vehicle startups Nikola and Lordstown Motors. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 11 May 2022 The price of bullish options on stocks has also started to come down relative to bearish options, according to Credit Suisse. Akane Otani, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Meanwhile, bitcoin's total number of active addresses has dropped 38% over the last three months, data from Bitinfocharts revealed, in what could be seen as a bearish sign for the bitcoin price. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 3 July 2021 An overwhelming majority of market participants being bearish might not make good cocktail party talk. Simon Constable, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The company’s share price fell by more than 30 percent at the open, analysts downgraded the company in droves, and the company’s own forecasts became even more bearish. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 Adding to his bearish credentials, Hartnett advises investors not to sit things out for a while, as Fed's tightening strategy will likely drown out any cheers from corporate profits. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 On the other side, note that a 48-hour period below 34500 would be a break of support and bearish. John Navin, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bearish

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Bearish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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