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Dictionary Definition



1 an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";
2 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" [syn: spirit, tone, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell]
3 a property perceived by touch [syn: tactile property]
4 manual-genital stimulation for sexual pleasure; "the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"


1 undergo an emotional sensation; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret" [syn: experience]
2 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" [syn: find]
3 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" [syn: sense]
4 seem with respect to a given sensation given; "My cold is gone--I feel fine today"; "She felt tired after the long hike"
5 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"
6 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"
7 be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
8 grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
9 examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater" [syn: finger]
10 examine (a body part) by palpation; "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse" [syn: palpate]
11 find by testing or cautious exploration; "He felt his way around the dark room"
12 produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home again"
13 pass one's hands over the sexual organs of; "He felt the girl in the movie theater" [also: felt]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /fiːl/, /fi:l/
  • Rhymes: -iːl


  1. To become aware of through the skin; to use the sense of touch.
  2. To have a sensation of something without the use of touch, sight, hearing, smell, or taste.
  3. To find one's way (literally or figuratively) by touching or using cautious movements.
    I felt my way through the darkened room.
    I felt my way cautiously through the dangerous business maneuver.
  4. To be or become aware of.
  5. To experience emotion concerning.
  6. To experience the consequences of.
  7. To think, believe, or have an impression concerning.# To receive information by touch or by any neurons other than those responsible for sight, smell, taste, or hearing.
  8. To grope; to examine by touch.
    He felt for the light switch in the dark.
  9. To perceive a state of mind or of body.
  10. To sympathise.
    I feel for you and your plight
Usage notes
  • I feel bad. means either I seem to myself to be sick. or I am full of regret.
  • I feel badly. means I have trouble experiencing emotions. or I am not able to use the sense of touch well.


  1. A quality of an object experienced by touch.
  2. A vague mental impression.
  3. An act of fondling.
  4. A vague understanding
    I'm getting a feel for what you mean.
  5. An intuitive ability
    She has a feel for music.



feel (plural: feeloj)
  1. mallard, Anas platyrhyncus

Extensive Definition

Feel may refer to:
feel in Spanish: Feel
feel in Italian: Feel
“Not all creations feel. We are lucky. We get to learn and see our selves make mistakes and we get to see our selves get better! We get touch all things. We get to face reality with out it planned for us. We are truly blessed with the power to feel, acknowledge, bond, learn, and become emotional. We are so greatly blessed! Do not abuse this ability to...FEEL!” -Emma Federspiel June 3, 2008

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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