Definitions

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  • adj. Having physical or temperamental characteristics like those of a bear.
  • adj. Like that of a bear; as, bearlike fur

Etymologies

From bear +‎ -like. Compare bearly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then he went to her in a kind of bearlike, shambling walk, his head lowered, his long hair hiding his ears and swinging against his cheeks.

    Duma Key

  • And again she laughed and simulated a vain attempt to escape his bearlike arms.

    Chapter XXIV

  • His powerful, conical, almost bearlike body kept his gray woolen suit coat from fitting well.

    Excerpt: Spade & Archer by Joe Gores

  • A burly, profane straight shooter who mixed his macho with bearlike hugs and verbal wet kisses, Campbell improbably connected not only with Brin but with the not-so-huggy Page.

    In the Plex

  • As bearlike and grumpy as Gandolfini has been in other roles, here there's a delicacy to his character, a wounded quality he can no more articulate than remedy.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Welcome to the Rileys

  • At this, something softens in great, bearlike Oother.

    Pipers Piping, Drummers Drumming

  • The Alcott Houses look very much like the sets of the four movies made of Little Women in which, as in the novel, the intrepid and fictional Jo March meets and, without knowing it, falls in love with the bearlike Professor Bhaer.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • My landsman Howard Shrier's High Chicago opens with protagonist Jonah Geller landing in Chicago from Toronto and tumbling into the bearlike embrace of a newly large old friend.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • He opened his arms, bearlike, ready to swat away this irritating little fly.

    Come Again No More

  • But visually, the most enthralling performance was by the bearlike Mr. Knussen, calmly leading the two ensembles, each arm beating a different rhythm.

    Tanglewood Contemporary Festival: A Podium Shuffle - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

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