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 formsbear·ish·ly, adverbbear·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bearish

Contemporary Examples of bearish

Historical Examples of bearish

  • 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.



  • 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 pricesa bearish market
Derived Formsbearishly, adverbbearishness, 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