verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of felt2
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
Contemporary Examples of felt
He felt his body grow limp (like one of those high-speed films of a flower wilting).Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
The EPA felt that the State Department had not looked carefully enough at the impact of the pipeline if oil prices fell.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Jan. 4
January 5, 2015
Whatever frustrations or disappointments he felt about politics never surfaced.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
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
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of felt
Once it was that he had felt a sudden great longing for the life of a gay city.
From the first moment you spoke, I have felt this mysterious power.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But the upper edges are ragged, torn by a wind not yet felt below.
He felt morally bound to get it repaired, though he was guiltless of the damage.Brave and Bold
Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.
- 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
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
Word Origin for feel
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)).
"to make into felt," early 14c. (implied in felted); see felt (n.).
past tense and past participle of feel (v.).
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