bearish

adjective bear·ish \ ˈber-ish \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bearish

1 : resembling a bear in build or in roughness, gruffness, or surliness
  • a bearish man
2 a : 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

  1. The market has been bearish lately.

  2. some studio execs are bearish about this summer's box office

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First Known Use of bearish

1744


BEARISH Defined for English Language Learners

bearish

adjective

Definition of bearish for English Language Learners

  • : having qualities like a bear

  • : expecting the price of stocks to go down : characterized by falling stock prices



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