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bearish

[bair-ish] /ˈbɛər ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like a bear; rough, burly, or clumsy.
2.
Informal. grumpy, bad-mannered, or rude.
3.
Commerce.
  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
1735-1745
1735-45; bear2 + -ish1
Related forms
bearishly, adverb
bearishness, noun
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Examples from the web for bearish
  • It follows by presenting a contrasting view by another hedge fund manager who is bearish.
  • Speeches and public counsel alone would have been jeered at as the bearish wailing of sold-out bulls.
  • The election's over, winter's nearly upon us, and the economy is bearish.
  • It's no news that by summer the economy had turned bearish-polar-bearish-with many clothing companies reporting dips and slides.
  • More advisers are more bearish than at any time during the bear market, and the number of bears is near an all-time high.
  • One says the market turns bearish the second year after a presidential election.
  • They were bearish going into the credit crunch and turned bullish over a year ago.
  • But some strategists say that this bearish moment is the best time to enter the market.
  • By itself, this isn't a reason to be immediately bearish.
  • At first sight capital markets might seem a pretty dubious proposition to rely upon, especially in today's bearish climate.
British Dictionary definitions for bearish

bearish

/ˈbɛərɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like a bear; rough; clumsy; churlish
2.
(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
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for bearish

bearish

adjective

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'']


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