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 Oregon State also has a positive feeling about the Ducks, a team the Beavers beat twice last season. oregonlive, "Oregon State looks to Civil War showdown with Oregon as a chance to restore order at Gill Coliseum," 9 Feb. 2020 Omar Novela, a fan of the Kpop girl group LOONA and an administrator for the group’s Twitter fan page, @Reorbit, has mixed feelings about how the word stan is used and doesn’t personally connect to it. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "“Stans” have changed what it means to be a music fan—for better and worse," 7 Feb. 2020 However, Trump is mostly an obstacle for those with strong feelings about him. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "Strong views on Trump can be a big dating dealbreaker, and other takeaways from a survey on love and politics," 7 Feb. 2020 According to the Monmouth poll, 62% of respondents said the caucuses did not influence feelings about their current presidential pick. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Iowa chaos lingers ahead of New Hampshire," 6 Feb. 2020 On the Saturday before the caucuses, Ms. Judkins had an uneasy feeling about the decision her state was about to make. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "What Went Wrong for Joe Biden in Iowa," 5 Feb. 2020 Utah Republicans have mixed feelings about Trump, giving the senator more political latitude to criticize the president and oppose his agenda than almost any other GOP member of Congress. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Romney fosters 2024 speculation with criticism of Trump during impeachment," 31 Jan. 2020 There’s nothing quite like the honeymoon phase of a new relationship, when feelings of butterflies are omnipresent whenever your person is by your side. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "13 Sweet But Practical Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Someone," 31 Jan. 2020 Perhaps that is why polls show only a weak correlation between voters’ positive feelings about the economy and their approval, or lack thereof, of Trump. Michael Tanner, National Review, "To Beat Trump, 2020 Democrats Will Need to Convince Voters They Can Be Trusted with the Economy," 15 Jan. 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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feelings. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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