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
bear + -ish (Wiktionary)