Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"I don't believe he feels very friendly to me," said Robert, smiling.

It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'

The mere concept takes him into regions in which he feels uneasy.

She started from him as a young colt who first feels the bit.

If Linda feels that she has been so terribly defrauded, she can help herself now!

But that's the way I feel, and no man can help the way he feels!

She always says that she's at her best when she feels that I've ruined her life.

When love has to breast the Hellespont it feels its most impassioned thrill.

He's so alone, and he's very proud and sensitive, because he feels his loneliness.

"That showed that he feels that I am old," she said, as often as she recalled them.


Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.

The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.