Definition of bearish in English:



  • 1Resembling or likened to a bear, typically in being rough, surly, or clumsy.

    ‘a bearish figure with muttonchop whiskers’
    • ‘As Arnoldo, tenor Chris Merritt is a lumbering, bearish presence.’
    • ‘The types we got at B&Q were young couples, old crusty workmen blokes, middle-aged couples, pensioners (usually on a Wednesday) and the odd beefy bearish labourer.’
    • ‘Paul was looking almost bearish with the face fuzz that he seems to grow every so often.’
    • ‘‘That was the last time I'll go in a light aircraft,’ he repeats, sitting in a London cafe, his face a bearish bristle of hair, topping a navy blazer and jeans.’
    • ‘Herbst is a bearish Afrikaner with unruly graying hair and a love of a good joke.’
    • ‘From a boyhood spent hunting and climbing in southern Idaho, Petzoldt grew into a bearish man with enormous flat feet and eyebrows of legendary bushiness.’
    • ‘We met at work, and I was entranced by this big nerdy bearish intelligent fella.’
    • ‘His father was round, creased and bearish, his face puffy from heavy drinking and chain-smoking.’
    • ‘Upon meeting his first jazz instructor there, a bearish Israeli whose last name is Katsenelenbogen, Matt cried out, ‘Six syllables!’’
    • ‘Running the public affairs show is a bearish soldier who looks like the kind of guy who enjoys breaking things on his face.’
    stupid, foolish, idiotic, cretinous
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  • 2Stock Market
    Characterized by or associated with falling share prices.

    • ‘The Dow closed up 206 points on a day with mixed economic news, much of it bearish, none of it all that bullish.’
    • ‘The corresponding bearish divergence occurs when prices hit a new high, but the HPI reaches a lower top.’
    • ‘At the time, a huge bearish divergence between Gold prices and Gold Stocks had developed with Gold prices making new highs, while Gold Stocks were unable to advance.’
    • ‘When TRIN is overbought and NH-NL returns a bearish signal, the stock market top has likely been reached.’
    • ‘As the stock market remained bearish, the government again was forced to relax the rules, and in October last year it abolished the 10% levy on profits repatriated after one year.’
    • ‘When open interest is high at a market top and the price falls off dramatically, this scenario should be considered bearish.’
    • ‘We based this forecast on our research showing that sentiment usually peaks or bottoms well before the actual price top or low, giving way to a bearish or bullish divergence similar to momentum measures of the market.’
    • ‘"Rising inflationary expectations are bearish to stocks and bonds because they lead to expectations of higher short-term interest rates.’
    • ‘For instance, the last two weeks could have shown the market to be bullish while the last two years may have displayed a bearish tendency.’
    • ‘Oil production had been falling since 1985 so the outlook for the industry was somewhat bearish.’
    • ‘Also, we can say that a key reason behind the bearish trend in 2002 was the net selling of stocks by investors from overseas.’
    • ‘But bearish effects of the US inventory data may be hurt as still scarce petrol supplies and a relatively optimistic global economic outlook encourage buying.’
    • ‘Will increased volatility on the VIX be bullish or bearish for the Dow?’
    • ‘The week opened on a decidedly bearish note with the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffering its biggest one day loss since early February.’
    • ‘The patterns are the easiest to define: they are simply bullish and bearish patterns that alternate every five or so days.’
    • ‘That's why shares trade at a bearish $21, down from $28 on June 2.’
    • ‘But the same report warned that the world economy is bearish and that considerable fluctuation may still be experienced by individual commodities, away from the main trend.’
    • ‘‘Fundamentals right now are bearish,’ he said.’
    • ‘Both of these are bearish signals for property share prices.’
    • ‘Another important fact is that rising volume together with declining prices is also bearish.’
    1. 2.1(of a dealer) inclined to sell because of an anticipated fall in prices.
      • ‘Analysts fear retaliation if they are bearish.’
      • ‘Despite the risk, the strong optimism over the country's economy and bearish sentiments towards the dollar would continue to underpin the rupiah's strength, the analyst added.’
      • ‘Given enough time, the most bullish of bulls and the most bearish of bears will all have their day in the sun.’
      • ‘Other analysts remain bearish on the stock, which traded at a high of $75 in 2000 valuing the company at $4.5 billion.’
      • ‘More bearish commentators fear that Bush's ‘War Against Terrorism’ could become an endless struggle that may come back to haunt markets at any stage in the future.’
      • ‘‘The underlying sentiment for the rupiah will remain bearish ahead of the presidential runoff in September,’ said a trader at a foreign bank.’
      • ‘Professional bond traders are overwhelmingly bearish on interest rates, expecting the 10-year yield to climb this year toward 5 percent.’
      • ‘This update will concentrate on why we remain bearish on gold and bullish on the dollar for 2005.’
      • ‘But in Hong Kong economists and strategists were pessimistic to downright bearish on the chances of getting the economy under control.’
      • ‘Now the number crunchers and analysts are providing the figures to support our bearish assumptions.’
      • ‘Yet many fund managers are turning bearish on Hong Kong precisely because of its vulnerability to U.S. interest rates.’
      • ‘We also sought the views of an economist, who agreed to speak to us anonymously as he is bearish on stock markets.’
      • ‘But Cawkwell has turned bearish and fears that after four years Pursuit Dynamics has little to show for its efforts - apart from combined losses of £7m.’
      • ‘In our last publicly posted research note we made the case for a sharp rally in crude oil off the $40 lows on the grounds that it was oversold relative to the price of gold and that traders were overly bearish.’
      • ‘Scott's view, and that of other similarly bearish fund managers, calls into question the widely held belief that equity markets have shrugged off the effect of last week's terror threat.’
      • ‘For the smart money, the accumulation phase is the time to buy since values have stopped falling and everyone else is still bearish.’
      • ‘Today he is more bearish than ever: ‘Valuation [of technology stocks] has dropped a lot.’’
      • ‘The most bullish in January 2001 was Morgan Stanley which predicted 8,125 and the most bearish Credit Lyonnais which opted for 6,600.’
      • ‘Some market analysts said the timing for the launch of the SME board is poor given the current bearish sentiment towards equities.’
      • ‘This is very encouraging, especially to analysts who remained bearish about the economic prospects and who still harbored a sense of foreboding, arguing that the economic recovery was still quite fragile.’