Learner's definition of FEELING
1 : an awareness by your body of something in it or on it : sensation
a feeling of pain/nausea
I noticed tingling feelings in my fingers.
She had a queasy feeling in her stomach.
I had the feeling of something crawling across my foot.
We enjoyed the feeling of walking barefoot in the sand.
2 a : an emotional state or reaction
feelings of joy/sorrow/anger/love
He's been troubled by feelings of guilt.
There's no point in trying to hide your feelings.
She's always had a kindly feeling towards them. = She always had kindly feelings towards them.
I hope this decision won't cause any bad/ill feelings. [=cause any feelings of anger, dislike, etc.]
I have a good feeling about this project. [=I expect this project to go well]
He has ambivalent/mixed feelings about his new job [=he has both good and bad feelings about his new job]
warm feelings [=good, pleasant, or friendly feelings]
“I could really use a vacation.” “I know the feeling.” [=I know how you feel]
The new security patrols gave residents a feeling of safety. [=the patrols made them feel safe]
a feeling of comfort
I didn't mean to insult you—no hard feelings, right? [=you're not angry, are you?]
You hurt my feelings. [=you upset me; you made me feel bad]
We pretended to like his artwork in order to spare his feelings. [=to avoid hurting his feelings]
[noncount] b [noncount] : thoughts of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc. : sympathy
3 a [count] : an opinion or belief
What's your feeling on/about this subject? = What are your feelings on/about this subject?
I can see that you have strong feelings about this subject.
I get the feeling [=impression] that you think I don't know what I'm doing.
My feeling is that we need to hire more people.
She shared her feelings with us on a variety of subjects. [=told us her opinions about a variety of subjects]
b [noncount] : an opinion or a way of thinking that is shared by many people
◊ If you have a/the feeling that something might happen or be true, you think it might happen or be true even though you have no definite reason to think so.
He had the feeling (that) he was being watched, although he didn't see anyone.
I had a feeling you'd say that.
I have a nagging/funny feeling that I've forgotten something.
I have a sneaky/sneaking feeling that my guess was wrong.
Do you ever have the feeling [=have the sense, have the impression] (that) you're being watched?
4 [singular] : the general quality or character of a place or thing
The story has an eerie feeling. [=feel, quality]
a big city with a small-town feeling [=feel, atmosphere]
5 [noncount] : the quality of a work of art or performance that shows the emotion of the artist or performer 6 [singular] : an ability to understand the nature of something : 2feel 2
have feelings for
: to feel love or affection for (someone)