verb (used with object), felt, feel·ing.
verb (used without object), felt, feel·ing.
- to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with: I know you're disappointed and upset, and I feel for you.
- Southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland.to have a liking or desire for: If you feel for more pie, just help yourself.
- feel bad,
- feel blue,
- feel for,
- feel free,
- feel in one's bones
- to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to: I don't feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?
- to think; have the opinion (often used to soften the tone of discourse): I feel like this is the only solution in this case.
- to have a particular impression; believe (used to express emotional sentiments): I feel like she doesn't love me anymore.
Origin of feel
Examples from the Web for feel
Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.
This is not making the 228,000 residents of Irving, Texas feel very relaxed.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It makes me feel ridiculous to think I was soft enough to believe that rubbage.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She appeared to hesitate over her answer, and he could feel her tumultuous breathing.Bob Hampton of Placer|Randall Parrish
But even while he was lying wide awake, it began again, and it was such a dismal sound he could feel the goose-flesh forming.The Quest|Frederik van Eeden
Instead, however, of their laughter lessening, the cachinnations became so violent that I began to feel seriously alarmed.
Indeed, I feel not a little out of humor from indisposition of body.
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
Word Origin for feel
Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.
The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.
early 13c., "sensation, understanding," from feel (v.). Meaning "action of feeling" is from mid-15c. "Sensation produced by something" is from 1739. Noun sense of "sexual grope" is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
In addition to the idioms beginning with feel
- feel bad
- feel blue
- feel for
- feel free
- feel in one's bones
- feel like
- feel like death
- feel like oneself
- feel like two cents
- feel no pain
- feel oneself
- feel one's oats
- feel one's way
- feel out
- feel out of place
- feel put upon
- feel someone up
- feel the pinch
- feel up to
- (feel) at home
- cop a feel
- get the feel of
- (feel) put upon