From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfeelingfeel‧ing1 /ˈfiːlɪŋ/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 anger/sadness/joy etc [countable]FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETC an emotion that you feel, such as anger, sadness, or happiness Knowing we'd won was a wonderful feeling.feeling of a terrible feeling of guilt2 → feelings3 opinion [countable]THINK/HAVE THE OPINION THAT a belief or opinion about something, especially one that is influenced by your emotions My personal feeling is that not enough has been done.feeling on She has strong feelings on the issue of abortion.feeling about a survey on people’s feelings about the candidates His gut feeling (=opinion based on emotion) was that Burns was probably guilty. I had this funny feeling (=not easily explained) that something was wrong.4 → have/get the feeling (that)5 general attitude [uncountable]ATTITUDE a general attitude among a group of people about a subject the anti-American feeling in the regionfeeling against/in favour of Johnson underestimated the strength of public feeling against the war. the depth of feeling against nuclear weapons6 heat/cold/pain etc [countable]FEEL HOT/COLD/TIRED ETC something that you feel in your body, such as heat, cold, tiredness etc I keep getting this funny feeling (=a strange feeling) in my neck.feeling of feelings of dizziness7 ability to feel [uncountable]FEEL HOT/COLD/TIRED ETC the ability to feel pain, heat etc in part of your body Harry had lost all feeling in his toes. 8 effect of a place/book etc [singular]EFFECT/INFLUENCE the effect that a place, book, film etc has on people and the way it makes them feelfeeling of the town’s strong feeling of history It gives a feeling of eating outdoors, without having to worry about being rained on.9 → I know the feeling10 → the feeling is mutual11 → bad/ill feeling12 → with feeling13 → a feeling for something14 emotions not thought [uncountable]EMOTIONAL a way of reacting to things using your emotions, instead of thinking about them carefully The Romantic writers valued feeling above all else. → no hard feelings at hard1(19), → hurt somebody’s feelings at hurt1(4)COLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2adjectivesa good/great/wonderful etc feelingIt's a great feeling when you try something new and it works.deepA deep feeling of sadness came over her.strong/intense There was a strong feeling of anger among the workers.verbsexperience a feelingI remember experiencing a feeling of tremendous excitement.give somebody a feelingMy work gives me a feeling of achievement.arouse a feeling (=cause it)The music aroused a feeling of calm within him.hurt somebody's feelings (=make someone feel upset)I hope I didn't hurt your feelings.hide your feelingsShe could no longer hide her feelings.show your feelingsI know you find it embarrassing to show your feelings.express your feelings (also put your feelings into words) (=tell other people what you are feeling or thinking)Children sometimes find it difficult to put their feelings into words.phraseshave mixed feelings (=have both positive and negative feelings)Her parents had mixed feelings about the marriage.feelings are running high (=people have strong feelings, especially of anger)It was the last game of the season, and feelings were running high.
Examples from the Corpusfeeling• Her descriptions evoke a feeling of America as it is for new immigrants.• Regular exercise gives a feeling of accomplishment.• He had a feeling that she was deliberately avoiding him - that she feared to be alone with him.• My fiancé's friends are planning a bachelor party for him, and I have a feeling something awful is going to happen.• It's not very painful, just a feeling of discomfort.• Male speaker There's a feeling of guilt soon after.• As I walked down the front steps for the last time, a feeling of elation swept over me.• I had a funny feeling that we would meet again• One symptom of this illness is a general feeling of ill-health and tiredness.• It's always a great feeling to win a game at home.• Her gut feeling was that he was lying.• After less than a week away, he began to have feelings of homesickness.• It wasn't his fault that she had discovered her feelings were more than just desire.• Suddenly aware that the afternoon sun had cooled, she shivered, an inexplicable feeling of depression engulfing her.• She has no feeling in her legs.• My personal feeling is that most voters just don't care.• This gives me a strange feeling of relief.• Again one has the feeling that he speaks of himself when he speaks of her.• Many men find it hard to express their feelings.• When he woke up, he was aware of a tight feeling in his chest.• It was a wonderful feeling to be home again.feeling of• Exercise gives a feeling of accomplishment.• The group of women talk about their feelings of shame and anger.gut feeling• I had a gut feeling Eric was the right man for us and good value at the price.• I have a gut feeling that the old partnerships between nature and culture have momentarily slipped out of our reach.• Intuitive A gut feeling based on superficial understanding and emotional preference.• We worked on gut feeling and it was very difficult to control and manage all the development work because of the technology involved.• He says this to Eddie, who doesn't exactly deny the lawyer's gut feeling.• We just had this gut feeling it was going to be heavy.• Your gut feelings have gotten you this far; trust them.depth of feeling• Reading invites grand conversations and can engender a depth of feeling and thinking.• Elgar's conducting of the Gerontius Prelude had particular beauty and depth of feeling.• Yet her simple, economical prose can carry irony as well as depth of feeling.• Similarly depth of feeling can become equated with prejudice, and the arousal of emotions in schools can become indoctrination.• But this is a play which combines surface brilliance with a surprising depth of feeling.• His letter is worth quoting as it shows the depth of feeling and suspicion in the Services at that time.• Mr. Tom King I have received many such representations and I well understand the depth of feeling on the part of those expressing their concern.• What is vital is that you understand the depth of feelings involved here.gives a feeling• Slow cutting has an effect which is calming and relaxing, whereas faster cutting gives a feeling of drama and excitement.• The whole interior gives a feeling of weightlessness and harmony.• The sudden snapping together of two lines of thought gives a feeling of insight or discovery.feelingfeeling2 adjective EMOTIONALshowing strong feelings a feeling look —feelingly adverb
Examples from the Corpusfeeling• In discussing John, advisers may acknowledge that they would feel uncomfortable with the client, probably feeling censure.• A feeling look came across her face.• For me it was fundamentally feeling part of a community, a word we didn't use in those days.