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 The more bearish outlook, and the drop in the stock on Monday comes after a successful run of news for Tesla that has helped to lift the stock to an all-time high. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Tesla's stock drops sharply after a weak sales forecast," 30 Dec. 2019 On the other hand, if the bearish analyses of Brexit’s impact prove true, the U.K. economy is in for a difficult time in the years ahead. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Dealmakers Will Test Johnson’s Open-Market Cred," 16 Dec. 2019 Even many venture capitalists, who are wont to cheer on even the silliest tech fads, have become bearish. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Crypto’s Crown Prince Survived ‘The Craziest Bubble Ever.’ Now He’s Ready For a Second Act," 11 Dec. 2019 Scott Olson/Getty Images America’s job engine has again defied jittery stock traders, bearish forecasters and blue-ribbon economists to deliver eye-catching gains and power an exceptionally resilient economy. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "U.S. Added 266,000 Jobs in November. Here’s the Bottom Line.," 6 Dec. 2019 Both are bearish news for oil markets, but some had forecast a bigger build. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Crude inventories increase by 1.6 million barrels," 27 Nov. 2019 Shell’s peers also made one-time disclosures this quarter to flag bearish news. Kelly Gilblom,, "Shell beats profit estimates, warns of slower share buyback," 12 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of bearish

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jan 2020

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“Bearish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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