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 feelingly (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 the feeling of obstruction is because we are not used to using the mouth mask. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Wearing a face mask will not cause hypoxia, hypoxemia or hypercapnia," 30 May 2020 With its low roof and radically raked windshield and back window, the feeling inside the DBS is intimate. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Is a Graceful Rocket," 27 May 2020 The feeling in the market was the leaden tug of dread. Karl Vick, Time, "Like Living in a War Zone Again: The Gift of Lockdown," 27 May 2020 Gable says, adding that the temporal shift is an integral part of our feelings about what is happening. Jackie Rocheleau, Scientific American, "A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks," 27 May 2020 Your arms want to pull through water, because this feeling is like nothing else, and for many of us somewhat addictive. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 22 May 2020 That May Feeling’, and that feeling is real and something folks are emotionally connected to with the track. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Behind the the making of NBC's special Sunday show 'Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again'," 21 May 2020 The feeling was what stayed with me: relief and overwhelming gratitude. Ella Dawson, Longreads, "The Lie of ‘One Last Time’ with My Ex," 18 May 2020 The feeling in baseball in recent years has been that the DH was an inevitability in the NL once the owners and players hammer out the next collective bargaining agreement, and this could provide a sneak peek. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With team president David Stearns on hand, Brewers continue their outreach during pandemic," 14 May 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeling. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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feeling

noun
How to pronounce feeling (audio)

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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