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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

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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 If the stock market turns bearish, draw from the line of credit to pay expenses until your portfolio recovers. Sandra Block,, "How reverse mortgages can help retirees weather market storms," 3 Oct. 2019 Rising numbers of hedge-fund and mutual-fund managers, for example, are using ETFs to quickly take bearish and bullish positions on bond markets, making them early indicators of investor sentiment. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Investors Bet $10 Billion Against Popular Bond ETFs," 11 Dec. 2018 The cryptocurrency-whisperers over at Coindesk reckon that, even if there is a brief rally now, the market remains bearish and Bitcoin may still fall below $6,000. David Meyer, Fortune, "Bitcoin's Latest Price Crash May Be Over. But There's Still Reason to Worry," 14 June 2018 The more bearish outlook, and the drop in the stock on Monday comes after a successful run of news for Tesla that has helped to lift the stock to an all-time high. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Tesla's stock drops sharply after a weak sales forecast," 30 Dec. 2019 On the other hand, if the bearish analyses of Brexit’s impact prove true, the U.K. economy is in for a difficult time in the years ahead. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Dealmakers Will Test Johnson’s Open-Market Cred," 16 Dec. 2019 Even many venture capitalists, who are wont to cheer on even the silliest tech fads, have become bearish. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Crypto’s Crown Prince Survived ‘The Craziest Bubble Ever.’ Now He’s Ready For a Second Act," 11 Dec. 2019 Scott Olson/Getty Images America’s job engine has again defied jittery stock traders, bearish forecasters and blue-ribbon economists to deliver eye-catching gains and power an exceptionally resilient economy. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "U.S. Added 266,000 Jobs in November. Here’s the Bottom Line.," 6 Dec. 2019 Both are bearish news for oil markets, but some had forecast a bigger build. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Crude inventories increase by 1.6 million barrels," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bearish

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2020

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“Bearish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bearish

: having qualities like a bear
: expecting the price of stocks to go down : characterized by falling stock prices

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