[ fee-ling ]
/ ˈfi lɪŋ /



Nearby words

  1. feel up to,
  2. feel-good,
  3. feeler,
  4. feeler gauge,
  5. feelgood,
  6. feelingly,
  7. feelings,
  8. feen,
  9. feet,
  10. feet of clay

Origin of feeling

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at feel, -ing1, -ing2

5, 6. apathy. 12. cold.

Related forms

Synonym study

5. Feeling, emotion, passion, sentiment refer to pleasurable or painful sensations experienced when one is stirred to sympathy, anger, fear, love, grief, etc. Feeling is a general term for a subjective point of view as well as for specific sensations: to be guided by feeling rather than by facts; a feeling of sadness, of rejoicing. Emotion is applied to an intensified feeling: agitated by emotion. Passion is strong or violent emotion, often so overpowering that it masters the mind or judgment: stirred to a passion of anger. Sentiment is a mixture of thought and feeling, especially refined or tender feeling: Recollections are often colored by sentiment.

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Examples from the Web for non-feeling

  • What woman cares for that, so long that the strangeness is in the way of feeling, and not in the way of non-feeling?

    Plain Mary Smith|Henry Wallace Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for non-feeling


/ (ˈfiːlɪŋ) /



Derived Formsfeelingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-feeling



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-feeling


[ fēlĭng ]


The sensation involving perception by touch.
A physical sensation, as of pain.
An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires.

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