Definition of bear noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//beə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ber//
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  1. 1 a heavy wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws (= pointed parts on the ends of its feet). There are many types of bear. a black bear see also grizzly bear, polar bear, teddy bear
  2. 2(finance) a person who sells shares in a company, etc., hoping to buy them back later at a lower price compare bull
  3. see also bearish
    Word Originnoun Old English bera, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch beer and German Bär.Idioms
    like a bear with a sore head
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    (informal) bad-tempered or in a bad-tempered way I should keep out of his way. He’s like a bear with a sore head this morning.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bear