Definition of feeling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːlɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːlɪŋ//
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    something that you feel
  1. 1  [countable] feeling (of something) something that you feel through the mind or through the senses a feeling of hunger/excitement/sadness, etc. guilty feelings I've got a tight feeling in my stomach. (informal) ‘I really resent the way he treated me.’ ‘I know the feeling (= I know how you feel).’ ‘I'm going to miss you.’ ‘The feeling's mutual (= I feel exactly the same).’
  2. idea/belief
  3. 2  [singular] the idea or belief that a particular thing is true or a particular situation is likely to happen synonym impression feeling (of something) He suddenly had the feeling of being followed. feeling (that…) I got the feeling that he didn't like me much. I had a nasty feeling that we were lost.
  4. attitude/opinion
  5. 3  [uncountable, countable] an attitude or opinion about something The general feeling of the meeting was against the decision. feeling (about/on something) I don't have any strong feelings about it one way or the other. She had mixed feelings about giving up her job. My own feeling is that we should buy the cheaper one. Public feeling is being ignored by the government.
  6. emotions
  7. 4  feelings [plural] a person’s emotions rather than their thoughts or ideas He hates talking about his feelings. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings (= offend you). I kept off the subject of divorce so as to spare her feelings.
  8. 5  [uncountable, countable] strong emotion She spoke with feeling about the plight of the homeless. Feelings are running high (= people are very angry or excited). CulturefeelingsBritish and American people are similar in many ways, but in expressing feelings they have little in common. Americans believe, at least in principle, that it is better to share what they think and feel. Relatives and friends are expected to say, ‘I love you’, ‘I care for you’, or ‘I'm glad to have a friend like you.’ When people are upset they cry, even in a public place. It is even considered good to show you are angry, to let it all out and say what you feel. Bottling it up inside (= hiding angry feelings) is thought only to make matters worse.In contrast to this is the traditional British reserve, a national tendency to avoid showing strong emotion of any kind. Many visitors to Britain think that because the British do not express their feelings easily they are cold and uncaring (= not sympathetic). Keeping a stiff upper lip, not showing or talking about your feelings, was formerly thought to be a sign of strong character, and people who revealed their feelings were thought to be weak or bad-mannered. This attitude is far less common today and people are now encouraged to show or talk about their feelings.Most British men, and some women, are embarrassed to be seen crying in public. People are also embarrassed when they see somebody crying, and do not know whether it is better to pretend they have not noticed or to try and comfort them. Women are more likely to respond than men and will put their arm round the person or touch their shoulder. Many people now show feelings of affection in public. People sometimes kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting and may greet or say goodbye to each other with a hug (= putting their arms round each other). Lovers hold hands in public, and sometimes embrace and kiss each other. Some British people are embarrassed about showing anger. If somebody starts to complain in public, e.g. about being kept waiting in a restaurant, people around them may pretend not to hear and avoid getting involved.When British people are part of a crowd they are less worried about expressing their emotions. Football crowds sing and they cheer when their side scores a goal. Players hug each other when they score. Even cricket supporters, who in the past had a reputation for being much quieter, cheer as well as giving the traditional polite applause.
  9. understanding
  10. 6  [uncountable] the ability to understand somebody/something or to do something in a sensitive way He played the piano with great feeling. feeling for somebody/something She has a wonderful feeling for colour.
  11. sympathy/love
  12. 7[uncountable, plural] feeling (for somebody/something) sympathy or love for somebody/something You have no feeling for the sufferings of others. I still have feelings for her (= feel attracted to her in a romantic way).
  13. physical
  14. 8  [uncountable] the ability to feel physically I've lost all feeling in my legs. Feeling gradually began to return to my frozen feet.
  15. atmosphere
  16. 9[singular] the atmosphere of a place, situation, etc. They have managed to recreate the feeling of the original theatre. The house had a feeling of neglect about it.
  17. Extra examples ‘I really resent the way he treated me.’ ‘I know the feeling= I know how you feel.’ ‘I’m going to miss you.’ ‘The feeling’s mutual.’ ‘I’m going to miss you.’ ‘The feeling’s mutual= I feel exactly the same.’ After the accident he lost all feeling in his legs. Although she did not reciprocate his feelings, she did not discourage him. Do you get the feeling that we’re not welcome here? Feelings were running high as the meeting continued. He felt a wonderful warm feeling come over him. He finds it difficult to express his feelings. He had developed a feeling for when not to disturb her. He had never been one to share his feelings. He still harboured feelings of resentment. He suddenly had a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. He wanted just to be able to let his feelings out. He was determined to banish all feelings of guilt. Heather is slowly admitting her feelings. Her poems reflected her personal feelings. I can bring out Aminta’s romantic feelings. I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong with him. I don’t have those guilt feelings any more. I don’t want any bad feeling/​feelings between us. I finally gave vent to my feelings and started yelling at him. I fought back my feelings of jealousy. I had a feeling about that place. I had a nagging feeling that I had forgotten something. I had mixed feelings about meeting them again. I hated the feeling of uncertainty. I have a tight feeling in my stomach. I have mixed feelings on that. I kept my feelings to myself. I started to get a familiar feeling in my stomach. I tried to ignore my irrational feelings of jealousy. I’m sorry if I’ve hurt your feelings. It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling to hear him say that. It makes no difference to my feelings for you. It was a good feeling to be arriving home again. It was the practical aspect of life that heightened her feelings of loneliness and loss. Light colours create a feeling of spaciousness. My gut feeling was that we couldn’t trust her. Personal feelings don’t come into it—we have to do what’s right. Rielle had an overwhelming feeling of guilt. She could finally release her pent-up feelings. She experienced a whole range of feelings. She gives me this creepy feeling. She ignored the queasy feeling in her stomach. She loved the feeling of being close to him. She still had a lot of feeling for David. She tried to hide her true feelings. She was left with the feeling that he did not care. She was lucky that she had suffered no more than hurt feelings. Someone has to lose. No hard feelings, eh? Someone’s got to lose. No hard feelings, Dave, eh? The debate aroused strong feelings on both sides. The drink gave me a feeling of confidence. Their aim was to stir up feeling against the war. There’s a great patriotic feeling in the country. They begin to develop feelings for one another. They have managed to recreate the feeling of the original building. We didn’t tell Jane because we wanted to spare her feelings. We discussed our innermost feelings. What I love about this book is its genuine feeling for people. What are your feelings on this issue? a case that has aroused strong public feeling a feeling of excitement a sweet old man with genuine feelings for Virginia discussing his innermost feelings with me her feelings of anger towards him his feelings of grief releasing her pent-up feelings the painful feeling in his gut I had a nasty feeling that she was lying to me. My gut feeling was that it had been a mistake to come here. My own feeling is that we should go for the cheaper option. There was a feeling of sadness in the room. There was a general feeling of change in the air. They are completely ignoring the feelings of local people. You need to stop having these guilty feelings.Idioms
    bad/ill feeling (also bad/ill feelings especially in North American English)
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    anger between people, especially after an argument or disagreement There was a lot of bad feeling between the two groups of students.
    used to tell somebody you have been arguing with or have beaten in a contest that you would still like to be friendly with them It looks like I'm the winner again. No hard feelings, Dave, eh? (informal) an unpleasant feeling that you get when you realize that something bad has happened or is going to happen I had a horrible sinking feeling when I saw the ambulance outside the house.
    spare somebody’s feelings
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    to be careful not to do or say anything that might upset somebody
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