- 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.
- feel up to,
- feeler gauge,
- feet of clay
Origin of 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
Examples from the Web for feeling
Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.
We have to share those feelings of concern that the people are feeling.
I had a feeling that Turkish authorities were closing their eyes.
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Footsteps again aroused her, and she started up with a feeling of hope animating her to renewed effort.Clemence|Retta Babcock
We tell the child to perform a certain action toward which his own feeling and thought have made no stir whatever.Concerning Children|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Feeling painfully insignificant and helpless, he turned and left the room.Jupiter Lights|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Reasons enough why this feeling concentrated upon Mexico have already been given, but certain others are in order here.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)|Justin H. Smith
The weather was warm and the command marched slowly, feeling its way as it went.
- 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