[ 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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bearish


/ (ˈbɛərɪʃ) /


like a bear; rough; clumsy; churlish
stock exchange causing, expecting, or characterized by a fall in pricesa bearish market

Derived Forms

bearishly, adverbbearishness, noun
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