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[bair-ish] /ˈbɛər ɪʃ/
like a bear; rough, burly, or clumsy.
Informal. grumpy, bad-mannered, or rude.
  1. declining or tending toward a decline in prices.
  2. characterized by or reflecting unfavorable prospects for the economy or some aspect of it:
    a bearish market.
Origin of bearish
First recorded in 1735-45; bear2 + -ish1
Related forms
bearishly, adverb
bearishness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • But of all the ill-tempered, bearish, detestable men I ever met in my life, he is the worst.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • Then, with an arm across Rodney's shoulders, he gave him a bearish hug.

    The Girl in the Mirror

    Elizabeth Garver Jordan
British Dictionary definitions for bearish


like a bear; rough; clumsy; churlish
(stock exchange) causing, expecting, or characterized by a fall in prices: a bearish market
Derived Forms
bearishly, adverb
bearishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bearish

"grumpy, surly," 1744, from bear (n.) + -ish. Related: Bearishly; bearishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bearish



Showing a negative and unhopeful attitude; disheartening •Often used with ''on'' or ''about'': He's quite bearish on our chances/ She's not entirely discouraging but rather bearish

[fr the stock-market term bear market, ''market in which price, sales, etc, tend to decrease'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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