(1)   Manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
"The girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"
(2)   A property perceived by touch
(3)   An intuitive awareness
"He has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";
(4)   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"


(5)   Seem with respect to a given sensation given
"My cold is gone--I feel fine today"
"She felt tired after the long hike"
(6)   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"
(7)   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"
(8)   Examine by touch
"Feel this soft cloth!"
"The customer fingered the sweater"
(9)   Examine (a body part) by palpation
"The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"
"The runner felt her pulse"
(10)   Undergo an emotional sensation
"She felt resentful"
"He felt regret"
(11)   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"
(12)   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"
(13)   Produce a certain impression
"It feels nice to be home again"
(14)   Find by testing or cautious exploration
"He felt his way around the dark room"
(15)   Be felt or perceived in a certain way
"The ground feels shaky"
"The sheets feel soft"


  1. To become aware of through the skin; to use the sense of touch.
    You can feel a heartbeat if you put your fingers on your breast.
  2. To experience an emotion or other mental state about.
    I can feel the sadness in his poems.
  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 the consequences of.
    Feel my wrath!
  6. To think, believe, or have an impression concerning.
    I feel that we need to try harder.
  7. To receive information by touch or by any neurons other than those responsible for sight, smell, taste, or hearing.
  8. To search by sense of touch.
    He felt for the light switch in the dark.
  9. To experience and emotion or other mental state.
    He obviously feels strongly about it.
  10. To seem.
    It looks like wood, but it feels more like plastic.
  11. 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.
    Bark has a rough feel.
  2. A vague mental impression.
    You should get a feel of the area before moving in.
  3. An act of fondling.
    She gave me a quick feel to show that she loves me.
  4. A vague understanding
    I'm getting a feel for what you mean.
  5. An intuitive ability
    She has a feel for music.