- emotion or sympathetic perception revealed by an artist in his or her work: a poem without feeling.
- the general impression conveyed by a work: a landscape painting with a spacious feeling.
- sympathetic appreciation, as of music: to play with feeling.
Origin of feeling
Synonyms for feeling
Antonyms for feeling
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.
Origin of feel
Related Words for feelingreaction, perception, pain, feel, sensitivity, excitement, sense, pleasure, awareness, belief, sentiment, apprehension, thought, suspicion, instinct, opinion, notion, view, emotion, impression
Examples from the Web for feeling
Contemporary Examples of feeling
Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
We have to share those feelings of concern that the people are feeling.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
I had a feeling that Turkish authorities were closing their eyes.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
That act forever sealed his feeling for the Chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of feeling
But among the veteran speculators the feeling was conservative.
For an hour he watched her, feeling the arm on which she lay growing numb.
He went back to his hotel, and feeling hungry, made a substantial meal.
Feeling sure that there was no one on the island but himself, he thought he was deceived.
This was the new train of feeling suggested by new circumstances.
- the ability to experience physical sensations, such as heat, pain, etc
- the sensation so experienced
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
Word Origin for feel
late 12c., "act of touching, sense of touch," verbal noun from feel (v.). Meaning "emotion" is mid-14c. Meaning "what one feels (about something), opinion" is from mid-15c. Meaning "capacity to feel" is from 1580s. Related: Feelingly.
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