Definition of feeling in English:


Line breaks: feel|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːlɪŋ


  • 2An idea or belief, especially a vague or irrational one: [with clause]: he had the feeling that he was being watched
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    • I have a vague feeling that these different kinds and genres of rants will keep coming and going as this post progresses.
    • The enterprise seems foolhardy, and Stewart does not justify it beyond a vague feeling that he wants adventure.
    • I had a vague feeling that we were kind of heading in that direction in our relationship, but I had expected him to say it first.
    suspicion, sneaking suspicion, notion, inkling, hunch, fancy, apprehension, presentiment, premonition, foreboding; idea, vague idea, impression
    informal gut feeling, feeling in one's bones, funny feeling, sixth sense
  • 2.1An attitude or opinion: a feeling grew that justice had not been done if you have strong feelings about the proposal, you should contact the Office at once
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    • He saw more clearly than any of these other guys how strong that feeling was.
    • There's a strong general feeling among our members that consumers are not receptive to milk from cloned cows.
    • I didn't have a real strong feeling about anything until I started playing music.
    sentiment, emotion, emotional state; opinion, attitude, belief; ideas, viewsopinion, belief, view, impression, intuition, instinct, hunch, estimation, guess, theory, hypothesis, thought, way of thinking, point of view
  • 3 [mass noun] The capacity to experience the sense of touch: a loss of feeling in the hands
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    • Jack wasn't sure if he was going blind, or just crazy, but he lost all feeling, all sense.
    • For a prosthetic heel to be successful it would need to be covered in skin which has feeling and sensation.
    • The disease leaves her with pain, loss of feeling and a burning sensation in her hands meaning she cannot drive for any length of time.
  • 3.1The sensation of touching or being touched by a particular thing: the feeling of the water against your skin
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    • Remember how it feels on deck because you want the same feeling in the water.
    • The cold feeling of slowly moving water slid over her, until there was only darkness.
    • A young child paddles in the sea for the first time, fascinated by the pleasant feeling of the water.
    touch, feel, sense of touch, tactile sense, tactility, contact, using one's hands


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one's better feelings

One’s conscience.
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  • No matter how much you may protest that you're a poet, not a web-designer, your better feelings take charge and off you go, fiddling here, examining there, investigating and validating until the fault has gone away.
  • I keep reading him in spite of my better feelings.
  • Despite all my better feelings and all the desire to see through this particular hype, I couldn't help myself.



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  • The rugby playing feelingless bloke is now the outsider.
  • He was royal, commanding, feelingless, fearless.
  • Brandon answered but he sounded so feelingless, so monotone.

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