Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) an intuitive awareness
    it's easy when you get the feel of it
  2. (noun, state) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    it had the smell of treason
  3. (noun, attribute) a property perceived by touch
  4. (noun, act) manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
  5. (verb, emotion) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    He felt regret
  6. (verb, cognition) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    I find him to be obnoxious
    I found the movie rather entertaining
  7. (verb, perception) perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    She felt an object brushing her arm
    He felt his flesh crawl
    She felt the heat when she got out of the car
  8. (verb, body) be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
    She felt tired after the long hike
    She felt sad after her loss
  9. (verb, cognition) have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
    You make me feel naked
    I made the students feel different about themselves
  10. (verb, perception) undergo passive experience of:
    her fingers felt their way through the string quartet
    she felt his contempt of her
  11. (verb, stative) be felt or perceived in a certain way
    The sheets feel soft
  12. (verb, perception) grope or feel in search of something
  13. (verb, contact) examine by touch
    The customer fingered the sweater
  14. (verb, contact) examine (a body part) by palpation
    The runner felt her pulse
  15. (verb, possession) find by testing or cautious exploration
  16. (verb, perception) produce a certain impression
  17. (verb, contact) pass one's hands over the sexual organs of

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Feel

  1. O.E. felan "to touch," from Gmc. *folijanan (cf. Du. voelen, Ger. f?hlen "to feel," O.N. falma "to grope"), from PIE base *(s)pol-/*(s)pal- "to strike softly" (cf. Gk. psallein "to pluck (the harp)," L. palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"). The sense in O.E. was "to perceive through senses… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Feel

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall, fall away, falla, fallal, fallow, feeble, feebly, fell, fella, fellah

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