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 Hedge funds have turned bearish and American inventories are forecast to be the highest in a decade. The Economist, "Stock take," 2 Dec. 2019 Pachter, the Wedbush analyst, has been notably bearish on Netflix over the years, arguing that the stock is overvalued. Aimee Rawlins For Cnn Business, CNN, "How Netflix led the way on abortion rights in Hollywood," 16 Oct. 2019 The dollar edged lower as CFTC data showed hedge funds are the most bearish on the greenback in five years. Andreea Papuc,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 15 Apr. 2018 Crude oil prices dipped a bit Wednesday morning on the more bearish crude inventories increase, but the offsetting declines in other petroleum supplies kept oil prices from falling more substantially. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Crude inventories spike, but overall petroleum stocks fall again," 30 Oct. 2019 One doesn’t have to be bearish on one Bucs receiver to be bullish on the other. C.d. Carter, Sports Illustrated, "Chris Godwin Can Break Out Alongside Mike Evans," 9 May 2019 Bank of America Merrill Lynch called its June survey of fund managers its most bearish since the financial crisis. Stephen Grocer, New York Times, "Why Stocks Are Hitting Records as Economic Fears Rise: ‘There Is No Alternative’," 11 July 2019 Joanne Hill, chief adviser for research and strategy at asset manager Cboe Vest Financial, which manages options strategies, said one risk of options selling is if the sale of a bearish contract coincides with a deep slump in the shares. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "This Options Bet Helps Tame Markets, but There Are Risks," 11 Feb. 2019 Given the mismanagement of what are by some measures the world’s largest reserves, a bloodless coup actually might be bearish for oil prices in the longer run. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Why the Oil Market Is Shrugging at Venezuela," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bearish

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Dec 2019

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“Bearish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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