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

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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 Cryptocurrency markets follow a comparable pattern of bearish and bullish trends, as do stocks and bonds. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "What is an NFT? Artists weigh in on latest money-making craze," 3 Apr. 2021 In the interest of balance, there is a more bearish case to be made on Universal’s valuation today. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, "Is Universal Music Worth $29 Billion? $49 Billion? Even $100 Billion?," 22 Mar. 2021 In addition, the early part of the week has been seasonally bearish in any year. Bill Sarubbi, Forbes, "Stocks This Week: Sell Short," 21 Mar. 2021 Beneath the surface, however, the surge was largely driven by hedge funds who were forced to pare their bearish bets to limit losses -- rather than genuine interest. Melissa Karsh, Fortune, "Sorry, tech bulls. The likely reason for this week’s Nasdaq rally was a flood of short activity," 11 Mar. 2021 Higher long-term rates are, generally speaking, bearish for bond prices. Brett Owens, Forbes, "What Are Floating Rate Bonds (And When To Buy Them?)," 4 Mar. 2021 His bearish remarks come at roughly the same time that Citi gave Bitcoin a boost. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Big Short investor says Bitcoin is in a ‘speculative bubble’," 1 Mar. 2021 All the other would-be bearish forces that didn't break the market the past year (virus, quarantine, election, China tension) are firmly in the rear-view mirror. Oliver Renick, Forbes, "Bonds Can Bring The Mighty Nasdaq To Its Knees," 24 Feb. 2021 Unfortunately for gas producers, today’s prices aren’t sustainable and the longer-term supply picture is bearish. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Record Liquefied Natural Gas Prices in Asia Won’t Last," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bearish

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bearish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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