feelings Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity)
    • the remark hurt his feelings
  2. noun the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    • she had a feeling of euphoria
    • he had terrible feelings of guilt
    • I disliked him and the feeling was mutual
  3. noun a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    impression; feeling; belief; opinion; notion.
    • his impression of her was favorable
    • what are your feelings about the crisis?
    • it strengthened my belief in his sincerity
    • I had a feeling that she was lying
  4. noun the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    flavour; look; feel; tone; flavor; feeling; smell; spirit.
    • the feel of the city excited him
    • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    • it had the smell of treason
  5. noun a physical sensation that you experience
    • he had a queasy feeling
    • I had a strange feeling in my leg
    • he lost all feeling in his arm
  6. noun the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    touch; feeling; tactual sensation; touch sensation; tactile sensation.
    • she likes the touch of silk on her skin
    • the surface had a greasy feeling
  7. noun an intuitive understanding of something
    feeling; intuitive feeling.
    • he had a great feeling for music
  8. verb undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    feel; experience.
    • She felt resentful
    • He felt regret
  9. verb come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    feel; find.
    • I feel that he doesn't like me
    • I find him to be obnoxious
    • I found the movie rather entertaining
  10. verb perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    feel; sense.
    • He felt the wind
    • She felt an object brushing her arm
    • He felt his flesh crawl
    • She felt the heat when she got out of the car
  11. verb be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
    • My cold is gone--I feel fine today
    • She felt tired after the long hike
    • She felt sad after her loss
  12. verb have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
    • She felt small and insignificant
    • You make me feel naked
    • I made the students feel different about themselves
  13. verb undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
    • her fingers felt their way through the string quartet
    • she felt his contempt of her
  14. verb be felt or perceived in a certain way
    • The ground feels shaky
    • The sheets feel soft
  15. verb grope or feel in search of something
    • He felt for his wallet
  16. verb examine by touch
    feel; finger.
    • Feel this soft cloth!
    • The customer fingered the sweater
  17. verb examine (a body part) by palpation
    palpate; feel.
    • The nurse palpated the patient's stomach
    • The runner felt her pulse
  18. verb find by testing or cautious exploration
    • He felt his way around the dark room
  19. verb produce a certain impression
    • It feels nice to be home again
  20. verb pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
    • He felt the girl in the movie theater