Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Clumsy, boorish, and surly.
  • adj. Causing, expecting, or characterized by falling stock-market prices.
  • adj. Pessimistic: "Whether or not the [Coast Guard] cutter's presence made bearish the prospects of illicit trade in the outlying islands, there was a prompt mass migration of their inhabitants to the mainland” ( Springfield MA Sunday Republican).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling or likened to a bear, typically in being rough, surly, or clumsy.
  • adj. Characterized by falling share prices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Partaking of the qualities of a bear; resembling a bear in temper or manners.
  • adj. Fearful of or anticipating falling prices, as in the stock market.
  • adj. Tending to cause prices to fall.
  • adj. Pessimistic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Partaking of the qualities of a bear; morose or uncouth in manner.
  • Heavy and falling: applied on the stock-exchange to prices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expecting prices to fall

Etymologies

bear +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bucking a trend of broadly lower Treasury yields, some Treasury-bond strategists are forecasting that yields in the 10-year and 30-year sectors will rise between this month and May in what they described as a bearish seasonal pattern.

    Yield Rise Seen for Longer Treasurys

  • The second reason I am short term bearish on NFLX is I am very suspicious of the recent price increases.

  • The first reason I am short term bearish is that technically, in my opinion, it has become very overbought.

  • Even so, strategists at Morgan Stanley set up short-term bearish wagers on bonds.

    Treasury Prices Rally

  • "The euro-dollar remains supported by Trichet's hawkish comments, and while we are long-term bearish on the euro, we would expect the euro to continue to rise and we like it to hit the $1.36-$1.38 area in the next week or so," said Mary Nicola , currency strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

    Euro Surges by 3.6% Versus Dollar in Week

  • "We're seeing a lot of short-term bearish play combined longer-term speculative play that the dividend will go through as Bank of America wants it," said TD Ameritrade chief derivatives strategist Joe Kinahan .

    Bears Home In on D.R. Horton After Housing Data

  • In addition, the buying in stocks, euros and other riskier investments was described as largely the reversal of short-term bearish bets rather than long-term investors voicing optimism about the outlook.

    Investors Go on the Risk Offensive

  • Options traders made a beeline for near-term bearish contracts.

    Bulls Chase J.P. Morgan, Genworth

  • The average net cost of the long-term bearish transaction amounts to $1.14 per contract.

    Netflix Calls Tasty On The Bounce, Bulls Also Get Into Gamestop

  • Near-term bearish traders sold 4,400 calls at the May $21 strike to take in a premium of $0.30 per contract.

    Options Gamblers Get Stoked For Las Vegas Sands

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