bear·​ish ˈber-ish How to pronounce bearish (audio)
: resembling a bear in build or in roughness, gruffness, or surliness
a bearish man
: marked by, tending to cause, or fearful of falling prices (as in a stock market)
bearish investors
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 The short-term hourly relative strength index has continued to indicate bearish momentum readings after a bearish divergence at the overbought territory on Nov. 22, the analyst says. WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Investors are scooping up stock funds, abandoning bearish wagers against the market and picking up bets that would profit if stocks kept flourishing. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2023 The poor results from the holiday shopping survey is one of the reasons Morgan Stanley analysts have turned bearish on the consumer discretionary sector of the stock market. Will Daniel, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Wells Fargo economists have recently taken a bearish stance. Bryan Mena, CNN, 15 Oct. 2023 People are really, really bearish on government bonds. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2023 While the indicator does have a track record of presaging rebounds, an intense bearish signal does not always led to an equally strong recovery. Bloomberg, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 The firm’s chief investment strategist, Michael Kantrowitz, has a year-end S&P 500 target range of 3,600-3,800, one of the most bearish on Wall Street. Alexandra Semenova, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2023 Wall Street analysts who are bearish on Tesla have been pointing to the sales falling short of production in the previous five quarters, as a sign of weakening demand for Tesla’s cars. Chris Isidore, CNN, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bearish was in 1607

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“Bearish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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