What does Feeling mean?

Definitions for Feeling
ˈfi lɪŋfeel·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Feeling.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feelingnoun

    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"

  2. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinionnoun

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "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"

  3. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smellnoun

    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

    "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"

  4. feelingnoun

    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"

  5. touch, touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation, feelingnoun

    the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

    "she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface had a greasy feeling"

  6. feeling, intuitive feelingnoun

    an intuitive understanding of something

    "he had a great feeling for music"


  1. feelingnoun

    Sensation, particularly through the skin.

    The wool on my arm produced a strange feeling.

  2. feelingnoun

    Emotion; impression.

    The house gave me a feeling of dread.

  3. feelingnoun

    Emotional state or well-being.

    You really hurt my feelings when you said that.

  4. feelingnoun

    Emotional attraction or desire.

    Many people still have feelings for their first love.

  5. feelingnoun


    He has no feeling for what he can say to somebody in such a fragile emotional condition.

  6. feelingnoun

    An opinion, an attitude.

  7. feelingadjective

    Emotionally sensitive.

    Despite the rough voice, the coach is surprisingly feeling.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Feelingnoun

    Etymology: from feel.

    Why was the sight
    To such a tender ball as th’ eye confin’d?
    So obvious and so easy to be quench’d,
    And not, as feeling, through all parts diffus’d,
    That she might look at will through ev’ry pore. John Milton.

    The apprehension of the good,
    Gives but the greater feeling to the worse. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Their king, out of a princely feeling, was sparing and compassionate towards his subjects. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Great persons had need to borrow other men’s opinions to think themselves happy; for if they judge by their own feeling, they cannot find it. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    As we learn what belongs to the body by the evidence of sense, so we learn what belongs to the soul by an inward consciousness, which may be called a sort of internal feeling. Isaac Watts.

  2. Feelingparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from feel.

    O wretched state of man in self-division!
    O well thou say’st a feeling declaration
    Thy tongue hath made of Cupid’s deep incision. Philip Sidney.

    Thy wailing words do much my spirits move,
    They uttered are in such a feeling fashion. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Write ’till your ink be dry, and with your tears
    Moist it again; and frame some feeling line,
    That may discover such integrity. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Verona.

    A most poor man made tame to fortune’s blows,
    Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
    Am pregnant to good pity. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I had a feeling sense
    Of all your royal favours; but this last
    Strikes through my heart. Thomas Southerne.


  1. feeling

    A feeling is an emotional state or sensation that is experienced by an individual, characterized by subjective experiences such as happiness, sadness, fear, joy, anger, or love, among others. Feelings are often influenced by external factors, internal thoughts, and physiological changes in the body, and can vary in intensity and duration. They play a central role in human behavior, decision-making, and overall well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feeling

    of Feel

  2. Feelingadjective

    possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved; as, a feeling heart

  3. Feelingadjective

    expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his wrongs

  4. Feelingnoun

    the sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body, especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous sensibility to external objects

  5. Feelingnoun

    an act or state of perception by the sense above described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself; consciousness

  6. Feelingnoun

    the capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the sensibility not dependent on the body; as, a man of feeling; a man destitute of feeling

  7. Feelingnoun

    any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility

  8. Feelingnoun

    that quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator


  1. Feeling

    Feeling is the nominalization of the verb to feel. The word was first used in the English language to describe the physical sensation of touch through either experience or perception. The word is also used to describe experiences, other than the physical sensation of touch, such as "a feeling of warmth". In psychology, the word is usually reserved for the conscious subjective experience of emotion. Phenomenology and heterophenomenology are philosophical approaches that provide some basis for knowledge of feelings. Many schools of psychotherapy depend on the therapist achieving some kind of understanding of the client's feelings, for which methodologies exist. Some theories of interpersonal relationships also have a role for shared feelings or understanding of another person's feelings. Perception of the physical world does not necessarily result in a universal reaction among receivers, but varies depending on one's tendency to handle the situation, how the situation relates to the receiver's past experiences, and any number of other factors. Feelings are also known as a state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments or desires.

Editors Contribution

  1. feeling

    An intuitive understanding.

    They had a feeling the news of their impending wedding would be so well received by their families.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

  2. feeling

    Definition for feeling is also vibe.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 11, 2021  

  3. feelingverb

    Verb form of the word feel.

    The feeling was one of unity, support, truth, justice, love, balance, peace and power to us all as one intelligent being.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Feeling' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1476

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Feeling' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1317

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Feeling' in Nouns Frequency: #351

Anagrams for Feeling »

  1. fine leg

  2. fleeing

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Feeling in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Feeling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Feeling in a Sentence

  1. College Park Councilmember Fazlul Kabir:

    The good thing is that it gives more residents the chance to make elected people more responsible, more accountable, but the risk is that this could be a slippery slope—other cities can do this, and the change could trickle down beyond College Park to counties and states, and it could even become a national issue –that’s the risk I was feeling.

  2. Shaina Murry:

    After giving him assurance about his flight time we called his mom [who confirmed that her son has autism] and let her know he wasn't feeling well.

  3. Chontel Duncan:

    Would you rock up to the day of your marathon unprepared? NO. I’m rocking up to my marathon feeling strong, healthy, fit mentally prepared… All these things I believe will help bring out confidence in a first time experience called Labour. each woman carries different and this most certainly doesn’t mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy.

  4. Frank Papalia:

    The poem for Baltimore is intended to pay homage to the firefighters lost … and the unfortunate ease with which it could happen. I have been at fires where we lost our own, and I know the pain they are feeling.

  5. Andrew Blaser:

    There’s a lot of emotions that happen at the end of a race, unfortunately, not getting a fourth run ... they’re experiences that I’ve had, but I don’t think there’s anything that really preps you for that feeling. It feels like a weight just kind of drops on you.

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Translations for Feeling

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  • emosies, emosie, gevoelens, voorgevoel, sensasie, intuïsie, gevoel, gevoelig, sensitiefAfrikaans
  • شعورArabic
  • hissAzerbaijani
  • пачуццёBelarusian
  • усещане, осезание, чувство, чувства, емоцияBulgarian
  • আবেগBengali
  • city, pocit, citCzech
  • teimlad, teimladau, greddfWelsh
  • følelseDanish
  • Emotion, Gefühl, Gefühle, gefühlvoll, einfühlsamGerman
  • συναίσθημαGreek
  • emocioj, emocio, sentoj, sentemeco, opinio, natura talento, amsento, sento, impreso, sentemaEsperanto
  • emoción, intuición, sentimientos, presentimiento, corazonada, sensación, sentimiento, sentimentalSpanish
  • tunne, meeleoluEstonian
  • احساس, حسPersian
  • tunne, tuntemus, tunteellinenFinnish
  • intuition, émotion, sentiments, sentiment, impression, sensation, sentimentalFrench
  • faireachdainnScottish Gaelic
  • הרגשה, רגשות, רגש, רגישה, רגישHebrew
  • भावना, जज़्बात, एहसासHindi
  • santimanHaitian Creole
  • intuíció, érzés, megérzés, érzelem, érzelmek, érzékelés, érzések, együttérző, érzőHungarian
  • զգացմունք, զգացումArmenian
  • perasaanIndonesian
  • tilfinningar, tilfinningIcelandic
  • sensazioni, senso, emozione, emozioni, urtare la suscettibiltà, sentimento, ferire i sentimenti, tatto, intuito, sensazioneItalian
  • מַרגִישׁHebrew
  • 恋, 気, 感覚, 感情, 直感, 敏感Japanese
  • გრძნობაGeorgian
  • сезімKazakh
  • អារម្មណ៍Khmer
  • 감각Korean
  • هه‌ست, هۆشهKurdish
  • Gefiller, Gefill, Intuitioun, EmotiounLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຄວາມຮູ້ສຶກLao
  • jausmas, emocija, jutimas, pojūtisLithuanian
  • emocija, jūtas, sajūtaLatvian
  • чувствоMacedonian
  • perasaan, hatiMalay
  • følelser, følelseNorwegian
  • gevoelens, gevoel, emotie, voorgevoel, gevoeligDutch
  • følelsar, følelseNorwegian Nynorsk
  • følsomNorwegian
  • uczucie, uczuciaPolish
  • pressentimento, sensação, sentimentos, idéia, impressão, intuição, emoção, sensível, emotivo, sentimentalPortuguese
  • sentiment, sentimente, sentimentalRomanian
  • чувство, эмоция, симпатия, гордость, самолюбие, ощущение, предчувствие, чувствительныйRussian
  • ocjeћaj, osjećaj, osecaj, осећајSerbo-Croatian
  • pocitSlovak
  • občutekSlovene
  • ndjenjëAlbanian
  • känslor, sensation, känsla, känsligt, känsligSwedish
  • உணர்வுTamil
  • అంతర్వాణి, అనుభూతి, భావంTelugu
  • ҳисTajik
  • ความรู้สึกThai
  • pakiramdamTagalog
  • duygu, hissetme, his, hassas, duyarlı, duygusalTurkish
  • почуттяUkrainian
  • احساسUrdu
  • rờ móVietnamese
  • געפילYiddish
  • 感覺Chinese

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