bear·​ish | \ ˈber-ish \

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

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The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, said late Thursday that U.S. crude stockpiles had increased by 6.9 million barrels last week, news that is typically bearish for the oil market. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Jumps Amid Volatile Market Activity," 28 Dec. 2018 Keay blamed the bearish outlook on thin profit margins, high debt and lack of free cash flow. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American," 19 Nov. 2018 The percentages are derived from an options trade known as a straddle, which entails buying both bullish and bearish contracts that can be exercised at the same price for the stock. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Options Suggest Big Moves in Facebook, Apple, Alibaba Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 Marco Adiak Voli plays the janitor with a bearish, marshmallow charm. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 The premium of options to sell the currency over those to buy it -- known as the 25 Delta risk reversal -- has also jumped as bearish bets outweigh bullish ones. Colleen Goko,, "South African Rand Is Back to Its Bad Old Way," 21 May 2018 Its rebound on Thursday amid a bearish technical signal for the greenback serves as a reminder of this. Vassilis Karamanis,, "These Could Be the Euro's Five Most Important Days This Year," 2 Mar. 2018 Mizusaki and Martins, who’s rated Copa at sell since March 2016, are the only ones bearish on the stock. Eduardo Thomson,, "Airline Darling Better Watch Out as Foe Takes Off, Bradesco Says," 23 Feb. 2018 Two kinds of hedge funds, in particular, dragged down the average performance: quantitative funds, which use complex trading algorithms, and long-short funds, which take both bullish and bearish positions in stocks. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of bearish

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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