What does feel mean?

Definitions for feel

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feelnoun

    an intuitive awareness

    "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";

  2. 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"

  3. tactile property, feelnoun

    a property perceived by touch

  4. feelverb

    manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure

    "the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"

  5. feel, experienceverb

    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

    "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"

  6. find, feelverb

    come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

    "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"

  7. feel, senseverb

    perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles

    "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"

  8. feelverb

    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"

  9. feelverb

    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"

  10. feelverb

    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"

  11. feelverb

    be felt or perceived in a certain way

    "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"

  12. feelverb

    grope or feel in search of something

    "He felt for his wallet"

  13. feel, fingerverb

    examine by touch

    "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater"

  14. palpate, feelverb

    examine (a body part) by palpation

    "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse"

  15. feelverb

    find by testing or cautious exploration

    "He felt his way around the dark room"

  16. feelverb

    produce a certain impression

    "It feels nice to be home again"

  17. feelverb

    pass one's hands over the sexual organs of

    "He felt the girl in the movie theater"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Feelnoun

    The sense of feeling; the touch.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The difference of these tumours will be distinguished by the feel: one feels flaccid and rumpled, the other more even, flatulent, and springy. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

  2. To Feelverb

    Suffer me that I may feel the pillars. Judg. xxvi. 26.

    He hath writ this to feel my affection to your honour. William Shakespeare.

    Nor did they not perceive the evil plight
    In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel? John Milton.

    But why should those be thought to ’scape, who feel
    Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel? Thomas Creech, Juvenal.

    The well sung woes shall sooth my pensive ghost;
    He best can paint them who can feel them most. Alexander Pope.

    Not youthful kings in battle seiz’d alive,
    E’er felt such grief, such terrour, and despair. Alexander Pope.

    Would I had never trod this English earth,
    Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    His overthrow heap’d happiness upon him;
    For then, and not ’till then, he felt himself,
    And found the blessedness of being little. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

  3. To FEELverb

    pret. felt; part pass. felt.

    Etymology: felan , Saxon.

    The sense of feeling can give us a notion of extension, shape, and all other ideas that enter at the eye, except colours. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 411.

    Man, who feels for all mankind. Alexander Pope.

    The difference of these tumours will be distinguished by the feel: one feels flaccid and rumpled; the other more even, flatulent and springy. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feelverb

    to perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body, especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs

  2. Feelverb

    to touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often with out

  3. Feelverb

    to perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or sensetive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain

  4. Feelverb

    to take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to have an inward persuasion of

  5. Feelverb

    to perceive; to observe

  6. Feelverb

    to have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body

  7. Feelverb

    to have the sensibilities moved or affected

  8. Feelverb

    to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded

  9. Feelverb

    to know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know certainly or without misgiving

  10. Feelverb

    to appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by an adjective describing the kind of sensation

  11. Feelnoun

    feeling; perception

  12. Feelnoun

    a sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy feel

  13. Etymology: [AS. flan; akin to OS. giflian to perceive, D. voelen to feel, OHG. fuolen, G. fhlen, Icel. flma to grope, and prob. to AS. folm palm of the hand, L. palma. Cf. Fumble, Palm.]


  1. Feel

    "Feel" is a song by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. It was released on December 2, 2002 as the lead single from his fifth studio album, Escapology. The song became an international hit, reaching the top of the charts in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and top five positions in countries such as Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Feel

    fēl, v.t. to perceive by the touch: to handle or try by touch: to be conscious of: to be keenly sensible of: to have an inward persuasion of.—v.i. to know by the touch: to have the emotions excited: to produce a certain sensation when touched, as to feel hard or hot:—pr.p. feel′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. felt.—n. the sensation of touch.—ns. Feel′er, a remark cautiously dropped, or any indirect stratagem, to sound the opinions of others: (pl.) jointed fibres in the heads of insects, &c., possessed of a delicate sense of touch, termed antennæ; Feel′ing, the sense of touch: perception of objects by touch: consciousness of pleasure or pain: tenderness: emotion: sensibility, susceptibility, sentimentality: opinion as resulting from emotion: (pl.) the affections or passions.—adj. expressive of great sensibility or tenderness: easily affected.—adv. Feel′ingly.—Feel after (B.), to search for. [A.S. félan, to feel; Ger. fühlen; prob. akin to L. palpāre, to quiver.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. feelverb

    To like something "it's something you can't deny, cause feel" -- Relax (Mr. Sleeves)

  2. feelverb

    To empathize, agree, or feel what someone else is feeling. "Not guilty, he who does not feel me is not real to me" -- Jay-Z (H to the Izzo)

Editors Contribution

  1. feel

    Be aware or conscious of.

    He is aware of how he feels and realizes how amazing he is.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

  2. feel

    To express in words or language.

    He felt so happy at the thought of being married to his wife.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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  2. FEEL

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #385

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #289

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feel' in Verbs Frequency: #32

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of feel in a Sentence

  1. Addison Rae:

    I don't think it's going to be a long-term strike, but I feel like this is... just a glimpse of what's to come, eventually, I think there will come a point where Black people migrate off the app and find other ways to try to grow their account and diversify where they get their income from.

  2. Kanye West:

    And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyonce album and they feel like it takes them to another place.

  3. Michael Phelps:

    I feel older, my muscles aren't the same, they hurt a lot worse this morning but this is the grind time for me over the next couple of days, just try to get as much rest as I can and recover the best I can.

  4. Simone Biles:

    I feel like I did try to enjoy it because it could be one of my last championships that I'll attend.

  5. Rhema White:

    I saw all the tweets about it. But I realized I don't want to subject Rhema White to that right now, i just feel like we're always seeing these things on the news. It can just be too much.

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