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

b : pessimistic

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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 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 These factors, some bullish for oil prices, some bearish, may offset each other. The Economist, "The American president is stirring up trouble in a volatile oil market," 4 July 2018 Lindon seems suitably cast, exuding the right kind of bearish fortitude, but is saddled with labored dialogue. Robert Abele,, "The biopic 'Rodin' about the famous French sculptor lacks shape and drama," 31 May 2018 Wall Street initially welcomed the news — before stocks gave back their early gains, borne down by the same weight of worry that has kept the major indexes trapped in a bearish rut. Evan Horowitz,, "Wall Street hates Trump’s trade threats as much as it loves his tax cut," 27 June 2018 That's bearish for stocks, as higher prices can lead to fewer sales and smaller profits and ultimately lower share prices. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Trump trade war with China could hurt these 10 stocks," 22 June 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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