- like a bear; rough, burly, or clumsy.
- Informal. grumpy, bad-mannered, or rude.
- declining or tending toward a decline in prices.
- characterized by or reflecting unfavorable prospects for the economy or some aspect of it: a bearish market.
Origin of bearish
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Examples from the Web for bearish
Berkeley-based economist Enrico Moretti is also bearish on the future of the region.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
AIPAC, for example, has been bearish on the peace process thus far.Does Elliott Abrams Speak For American Jewish Leaders?
August 13, 2013
Those who are bullish on America and bearish on China probably have it about right.America’s Real China Threat
August 23, 2011
One critic, Nouriel Roubini, the bearish New York University economist known as Dr. Doom, was in attendance Friday morning.Meet Britain's Austerity Chief
December 17, 2010
The fact that people are being fired at such a high rate is a serious sign that employers are bearish about the near-term future.Interview With Edmund Phelps
The Daily Beast
July 13, 2009
I am not naturally unsociable, or bearish, or a surly misogynist.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It is lucky for mamma that, in his green state, he is courtly instead of bearish.'The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
If I am bearish, I think the best thing you can do is to get out of my way at once.Flora Adair, Vol. 1 (of 2)
A. M. Donelan
But of all the ill-tempered, bearish, detestable men I ever met in my life, he is the worst.Rossmoyne
Then, with an arm across Rodney's shoulders, he gave him a bearish hug.The Girl in the Mirror
Elizabeth Garver Jordan
- like a bear; rough; clumsy; churlish
- stock exchange causing, expecting, or characterized by a fall in pricesa bearish market
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Word Origin and History for bearish
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