[ feel-good ]

  1. Informal. intended to make one happy or satisfied: a feel-good movie; feel-good politics.

Origin of feel-good

An Americanism dating back to 1975–80

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How to use feel-good in a sentence

  • Maybe it didn't feel good to be on the hurricane deck of a good horse once more!

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Well, I thought I'd try if anything could make me feel good, and then you looked at me in Chapel and set me off again.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • And Mrs. Vane is right, it does feel good when you've told folks you are sorry.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall | Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "I hope you feel good while you stay alive and watch the rest of us die of thirst," the girl said.

    The Lost Warship | Robert Moore Williams
  • It goes to your head and makes you feel good, but after all, there aint nothing nourishing about it.

    Atlantic Narratives | Mary Antin

British Dictionary definitions for feel-good


  1. causing or characterized by a feeling of self-satisfaction: feel-good factor

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