- simple past tense and past participle of feel.
- a nonwoven fabric of wool, fur, or hair, matted together by heat, moisture, and great pressure.
- any article made of this material, as a hat.
- any matted fabric or material, as a mat of asbestos fibers, rags, or old paper, used for insulation and in construction.
- pertaining to or made of felt.
- to make into felt; mat or press together.
- to cover with or as with felt.
- to become matted together.
Origin of felt2
- to perceive or examine by touch.
- to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache.
- to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves.
- to be or become conscious of.
- to be emotionally affected by: to feel one's disgrace keenly.
- to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm.
- to have a particular sensation or impression of (often used reflexively and usually followed by an adjunct or complement): to feel oneself slighted.
- to have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe: I feel he's guilty.
- to have perception by touch or by any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
- to make examination by touch; grope.
- to perceive a state of mind or a condition of body: to feel happy; to feel well.
- to have a sensation of being: to feel warm.
- to make itself perceived or apparent; seem: How does it feel to be rich?
- a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching: the soft feel of cotton.
- a sensation of something felt; a vague mental impression or feeling: a feel of winter; a feel of sadness in the air.
- the sense of touch: soft to the feel.
- native ability or acquired sensitivity: to have a feel for what is right.
- Informal. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers.
- Slang: Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.
- feels, Informal. strong, often positive feelings: That song gives me feels.I have so many feels right now.
- feel for,
- 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.
- feel out, to attempt to ascertain (the nature of a situation, someone's attitude, etc.) by indirect or subtle means: Why not feel out the other neighbors' opinions before you make a complaint.
- feel up, Slang: Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner.
- feel up to, Informal. to feel or be able to; be capable of: He didn't feel up to going to the theater so soon after his recent illness.
- cop a feel, Slang: Vulgar. to touch another person's body sexually, often in a quick and surreptitious way.
- feel like, Informal.
- to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to: I don't feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?
- to think; have the opinion (often used to soften the tone of discourse): I feel like this is the only solution in this case.
- to have a particular impression; believe (used to express emotional sentiments): I feel like she doesn't love me anymore.
- feel like oneself, to be in one's usual frame of mind or state of health: She hasn't been feeling like herself since the accident.Also feel oneself.
- feel no pain. pain(def 5).
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’
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
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.
Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.
He felt morally bound to get it repaired, though he was guiltless of the damage.Brave and Bold
- the past tense and past participle of feel
- 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
- any material, such as asbestos, made by a similar process of matting
- (tr) to make into or cover with felt
- (intr) to become matted
- to perceive (something) by touching
- to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something)to feel heat; to feel anger
- (tr) to examine (something) by touch
- (tr) to find (one's way) by testing or cautious exploration
- (copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation givenI feel tired; it feels warm
- to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one's bones)
- (intr foll by for) to show sympathy or compassion (towards)I feel for you in your sorrow
- to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that)he feels he must resign
- (tr often foll by up) slang to pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
- feel like to have an inclination (for something or doing something)I don't feel like going to the pictures
- feel oneself or feel quite oneself to be fit and sure of oneself
- feel up to (usually used with a negative or in a question) to be fit enough for (something or doing something)I don't feel up to going out tonight
- the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching
- the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feelingthe house has a homely feel about it
- the sense of touchthe fabric is rough to the feel
- an instinctive aptitude; knackshe's got a feel for this sort of work
Word Origin and History for felt
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).
- To perceive through the sense of touch.
- To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
- To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
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