feel·​er ˈfē-lər How to pronounce feeler (audio)
: one that feels: such as
: a tactile process (such as a tentacle) of an animal
: something (such as a proposal) ventured to ascertain the views of others

Examples of feeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty is putting out feelers for a $2 billion sale, Bloomberg reports. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 The most prudent thing Phoenix's front office can do is put a feeler out to see what a potential return would look like for the sharp shooter - without the intent to actually move him. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2024 To get your hands on one, put out feelers to dealers and auction houses, but be prepared to wait. Jill Newman, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 There were peace feelers being put out at the time by Egypt, by Anwar Sadat. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 Months of feelers with his outreach worker from St. Joseph Center led to an offer of a tent. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 In everyday life, people find ways to invalidate emotions, dismiss feelings as irrelevant to knowledge, and ultimately disempower feelers altogether. Rachel Dlugatch, Longreads, 18 July 2023 In this framework, a man, a thinker, can have emotions, but a woman, a feeler, is emotional. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, 11 July 2023 Ramos reminds you of the nervous dudes, all antic jokes and feelers, that the young John Leguizamo used to play. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 5 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feeler was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Feeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeler. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


feel·​er ˈfē-lər How to pronounce feeler (audio)
: one that feels
especially : a movable organ (as an antenna) of an animal that is usually an organ of touch
: a suggestion or remark made to find out the views of other people

Medical Definition


feel·​er ˈfē-lər How to pronounce feeler (audio)
: one that feels
especially : a tactile process (as a tentacle) of an animal
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