like a bear; rough, burly, or clumsy.
Informal. grumpy, bad-mannered, or rude.

declining or tending toward a decline in prices.
characterized by or reflecting unfavorable prospects for the economy or some aspect of it:
a bearish market.

Contemporary Examples

Berkeley-based economist Enrico Moretti is also bearish on the future of the region.
The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen December 6, 2014

Those who are bullish on America and bearish on China probably have it about right.
America’s Real China Threat Aaron Friedberg August 22, 2011

One critic, Nouriel Roubini, the bearish New York University economist known as Dr. Doom, was in attendance Friday morning.
Meet Britain’s Austerity Chief R.M. Schneiderman December 16, 2010

AIPAC, for example, has been bearish on the peace process thus far.
Does Elliott Abrams Speak For American Jewish Leaders? Ali Gharib August 12, 2013

The fact that people are being fired at such a high rate is a serious sign that employers are bearish about the near-term future.
Interview With Edmund Phelps The Daily Beast July 12, 2009

Historical Examples

He had evidently recovered his nerve, and seemed to take pleasure in piquing Charlie’s bearish suspicions.
Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne

I am not naturally unsociable, or bearish, or a surly misogynist.
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

But of all the ill-tempered, bearish, detestable men I ever met in my life, he is the worst.
Rossmoyne Unknown

If I am bearish, I think the best thing you can do is to get out of my way at once.
Flora Adair, Vol. 1 (of 2) A. M. Donelan

That the man was a bear was a matter of course, and bears probably do not themselves know how bearish they are.
The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope

like a bear; rough; clumsy; churlish
(stock exchange) causing, expecting, or characterized by a fall in prices: a bearish market

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


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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