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

chord, emotion, passion, sentiment

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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

Get our daily newsletter Neither firm’s share price reacted well to the news and feelings are mixed. The Economist, "The UTC-Raytheon deal highlights the changing nature of war," 14 June 2019 In opening statements, defense attorney Dan Hodgkinson said the woman used Seplak’s feelings for her benefit. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Libertyville murder trial witness describes defendant's alleged obsession with her," 12 June 2019 Buckley believed a year of voluntary national service would strengthen feelings and appreciation for the nation. Nr Interview, National Review, "A Political Renewal?," 11 June 2019 Respect that suicidal feelings are most likely related to ending emotional or psychological pain. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Body found hanged from tree near Fairhope in possible suicide," 10 June 2019 The feeling of struggling through life like the Anxious Face with Sweat emoji carried on well into adulthood. Isabelle O'carroll, Bon Appétit, "How Cooking Made Me See My ADHD as a Talent Instead of a Shame," 10 June 2019 For example, if a person is not breathing well during sleep (snoring or sleep apnea), this will disturb the normal sequences and cause the individual to awaken feeling unrestored. Steven Bender, Quartz, "Hitting the snooze button is bad for your health," 7 June 2019 The reaction brought back other family members’ experiences of feeling marginalized at Folsom High, the student’s brother said. Sawsan Morrar, sacbee, "Folsom student said ‘cracker’ in her senior quote – and sparked a debate about diversity," 4 June 2019 Just the little difference of being able to have my feet up helped me get through the first leg of the flight feeling calm and relaxed. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like To Fly Business Class With Emirates," 21 May 2019

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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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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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