feeling

noun
feel·​ing | \ ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce feeling (audio) \

Definition of feeling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic : touch
(2) : a sensation experienced through this sense
b : generalized bodily consciousness or sensation
c : appreciative or responsive awareness or recognition experience a feeling of safety
2a : an emotional state or reaction a kindly feeling toward the boy
b feelings plural : susceptibility to impression : sensitivity the remark hurt her feelings
3a : the undifferentiated background of one's awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thought
b : the overall quality of one's awareness
c : conscious recognition : sense
4a : often unreasoned opinion or belief : sentiment What are your feelings about this subject?
b : presentiment I have a feeling she's not going to like this.
5 : capacity to respond emotionally especially with the higher emotions found out how much feeling his mother really had
6 : the character ascribed to something : atmosphere The place had the feeling of a haunted house.
7a : the quality of a work of art that conveys the emotion of the artist the feeling of the outdoors has been realized with sky-blue ceiling and natural colorsPlaythings
b : sympathetic aesthetic response a person of fine feeling

feeling

adjective

Definition of feeling (Entry 2 of 2)

b : easily moved emotionally
2 obsolete : deeply felt
3 : expressing emotion or sensitivity

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Other Words from feeling

Adjective

feelingly \ ˈfē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce feeling (audio) \ adverb
feelingness noun

Synonyms for feeling

Synonyms: Noun

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Noun

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it. the feelings that once moved me are gone emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses. the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings. a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea. her feminist sentiments are well known passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion. revenge became his ruling passion

Examples of feeling in a Sentence

Noun I noticed tingling feelings in my fingers. She had a queasy feeling in her stomach. I had the feeling of something crawling across my foot. We enjoyed the feeling of walking barefoot in the sand. He had no feeling in his right leg. He's been troubled by feelings of guilt. There's no point in trying to hide your feelings. He spoke with feeling about the injustice he had seen. Have you no feeling for the plight of the homeless? I can see that you have strong feelings about this subject.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But becoming a state champion in his home state left Lemley with a different feeling. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, "Crown Point’s Jesse Mendez wants to be a four-time state champion. He had to win No. 3 first. He did it with a pin at 138 pounds.," 21 Feb. 2021 This feeling gets a lot more real on the ride to the glacier. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "The ride to Knik Glacier is glorious right now, but make sure you’re fat-bike fit before you go," 20 Feb. 2021 Mourner Pytor, there from a sense of duty rather than real feeling, squirms uncomfortably. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "New opera poignantly puts life in death | Review," 20 Feb. 2021 Ever get the feeling like you're being watched ... on your phone? Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daily Money 02-18-21," 18 Feb. 2021 Of course the protocols are there for your own good, but everyone struggles with feeling like you’re being repressed or not being yourself, or going against your own instincts as a human being. New York Times, "‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Wants You to Love Scotland, Too," 17 Feb. 2021 Kerr has used those lessons learned from Olson to try to create a similar feeling on the Warriors. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' Steve Kerr recalls meeting with Lute Olson that changed his life," 13 Feb. 2021 The feeling from the line of people at the yellow trailer seems to be mutual. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Lobster rolls at San Antonio food truck Masshole are so good they sell out in a couple of hours," 12 Feb. 2021 And what better way to do that than with people that create raw, organic thought and feeling from nothing? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lucky Daye's Table for Two Duets Are Not Your Typical Valentine's Day Songs," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of feeling

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of feeling was in the 12th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Feeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeling. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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feeling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feeling

: an awareness by your body of something in it or on it
: an emotional state or reaction
: thoughts of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.

feeling

noun
feel·​ing | \ ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce feeling (audio) \

Kids Definition of feeling

1 : the sense by which a person knows whether things are hard or soft, hot or cold, heavy or light
2 : a sensation of temperature or pressure a feeling of cold a feeling of pain
3 : a state of mind a feeling of joy
4 feelings plural : the state of a person's emotions … she did not want her father's feelings hurt.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby
5 : an opinion, belief, or expectation I have the feeling we've met before.

feeling

noun
feel·​ing | \ ˈfē-liŋ How to pronounce feeling (audio) \

Medical Definition of feeling

1a : the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic : touch
b : a sensation experienced through this sense
2 : an emotional state or reaction guilt feelings
3 : the overall quality of one's awareness especially as measured along a pleasantness-unpleasantness continuum

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