Definition for felt (2 of 3)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of felt2
Definition for felt (3 of 3)
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 felt
He felt his body grow limp (like one of those high-speed films of a flower wilting).Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The EPA felt that the State Department had not looked carefully enough at the impact of the pipeline if oil prices fell.
Whatever frustrations or disappointments he felt about politics never surfaced.
It was one of the few things that felt familiar to him after being away from the outside world since 1975.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I started just writing these songs, at first it felt like a project or something.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We were such good friends, and we felt, I daresay, that it was our duty to love each other.Robert Orange|John Oliver Hobbes
And yet, as we all of us felt, everything now depended on Tempest.Tom, Dick and Harry|Talbot Baines Reed
I cannot tell you exactly what she felt when she saw Nino from her lofty window, but she was certainly glad with her whole heart.A Roman Singer|F. Marion Crawford
At a quarter past the hour she felt so poorly as to be compelled to retire to her room.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
Lena gave her heart away when she felt like it, but she kept her head for her business and had got on in the world.My Antonia|Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for felt (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for felt (2 of 3)
- a matted fabric of wool, hair, etc, made by working the fibres together under pressure or by heat or chemical action
- (as modifier)a felt hat
Word Origin for felt
British Dictionary definitions for felt (3 of 3)
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
Word Origin for feel
Word Origin and History for felt (1 of 5)
Old English felt, from West Germanic *feltaz "something beaten, compressed wool" (cf. Old Saxon filt, Middle Dutch vilt, Old High German filz, German Filz, Danish filt), from Proto-Germanic *felt- "to beat," from PIE *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (cf. Old Church Slavonic plusti), with a sense of "beating" (see pulse (n.1)).
Word Origin and History for felt (1 of 5)
"to make into felt," early 14c. (implied in felted); see felt (n.).
Word Origin and History for felt (2 of 5)
past tense and past participle of feel (v.).
Word Origin and History for felt (3 of 5)
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.
Word Origin and History for felt (4 of 5)
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).
Medicine definitions for felt
Idioms and Phrases with felt
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