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 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 Despite all the bearish news, analysts still don't expect the US to enter a recession this year given the economy's continuing strength. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "It was a wild week on Wall Street," 17 Aug. 2019 If bogeys abound and the birdies are in hiding on Thursday morning, the model’s predictions for all players’ scores will turn bearish in a hurry. D.r., The Economist, "Pebble Beach should give shorter hitters a chance at the U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 Some analysts have turned bearish on Tesla after Musk promised profitable quarters going forward in Q4 2018 but then missed profitability badly in Q1 2019. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "At Tesla shareholder meeting, Musk assures “there is not a demand problem”," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of bearish

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Nov 2019

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“Bearish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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