Part of speech: adjective

Like a bear; rough; surly.

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Usage examples "bearish":

  1. Then in comes a rude, dirty fellow with a patch over one eye and a most peculiar bearish gait, dressed in a tarred coat, with a wool shawl about his neck, followed by a shrewd- visaged little gentleman in a plain cloth suit, but of very good substance, he looking just as trim and well- mannered as t'other was uncouth and rude. - "A Set of Rogues", Frank Barrett.
  2. It is very well for one who cares nothing for genteel society, and whose bearish manners, in fact, unfit him for it, to lead such a life; but is she to endure this for ever, and see her daughters married to men who wear long beards and Blucher boots? - "The Bushman Life in a New Country", Edward Wilson Landor.
  3. The strangeness of the address and the unaccustomed epithets caused Miss Almira to forbear, for she could not hear what he had to say and scream at the same time, and, moreover, she remembered how twenty years before, Jake Long had fled, never to return to her side, when after telling her she was the sweetest thing in the world, she had screamed as his arms clasped about her in a bearish hug. - "The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton", Wardon Allan Curtis.