- 2 Stock Exchange a person who sells shares hoping to buy them back later at a lower price. Often contrasted with bull1.[said to be from a proverb warning against ‘selling the bear's skin before one has caught the bear’]
Old English bera, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch beer and German Bär
The different forms of this verb are: (bears, bearing; the past tense is bore and the past participle is borne).
Do not confuse bear with bare. Bear means 'carry' (he was bearing a tray of food) or 'put up with', whereas bare is an adjective that means 'naked' or a verb meaning 'uncover, reveal' (he bared his chest).