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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2022, that feeling is all the more poignant after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 8 Aug. 2022 But the feeling in the stadium afterward was one of disappointment and confusion. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 But for now, the feeling in the house is of a family who went to the grocery store and never came back. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2022 Still, Toni did not have a good feeling about the house where her daughter had been last seen or about the man who called himself Otis. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 Overall the feeling of the back texture is... weird. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 Brannigan, an infielder, was watching the draft at home with his immediate family, anticipating the Pirates’ pick with a good feeling. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Jimmy Golen, Chron, 31 July 2022 The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Jimmy Golen, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Feeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeling. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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, Age 8
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 capacity or ability to experience physical sensations (such as pain, touch, or temperature) that is mediated chiefly by end organs and sensory receptors in the skin
b : a sensation experienced through this capacity
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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