adjective, (Poetic) liker, likest.
of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.:
I cannot remember a like instance.
corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect; similar; analogous:
drawing, painting, and like arts.
Dialect. or probable:
‘Tis like that he’s gone mad.
Dialect. about; almost ready, as to perform some action:
The poor chap seemed like to run away.
in like manner with; similarly to; in the manner characteristic of:
He works like a beaver.
resembling (someone or something):
He is just like his father. Your necklace is just like mine.
It would be like him to forget our appointment.
as if there is promise of; indicative of:
It looks like rain.
as if someone or something gives promise of being:
She looks like a good prospect for the job.
disposed or inclined to (usually preceded by feel):
to feel like going to bed.
similar or comparable to:
There is nothing like a cold drink of water when one is thirsty. What was he like?
(used correlatively to indicate similarity through relationship):
like father, like son.
(used to establish an intensifying, often facetious, comparison):
sleeping like a log.
as; such as:
There are numerous hobbies you might enjoy, like photography or painting.
nearly; closely; approximately:
The house is more like 40 than 20 years old.
Informal. likely or probably:
Like enough he’ll come with us. Like as not her leg is broken.
in the same way as; just as; as:
It happened like you might expect it would.
He acted like he was afraid. The car runs like new.
Informal. (used especially after forms of be to introduce reported speech or thought): She’s like, “I don’t believe it,” and I’m like, “No, it’s true!”.
a similar or comparable person or thing, or like persons or things; counterpart, match, or equal (usually preceded by a possessive adjective or the):
No one has seen his like in a long time. Like attracts like.
kind; sort; type; ilk (usually preceded by a possessive adjective):
I despise moochers and their like.
the like, something of a similar nature:
They grow oranges, lemons, and the like.
Informal. (used especially in speech, often nonvolitionally or habitually, to preface a sentence, to fill a pause, to express uncertainty, or to intensify or neutralize a following adjective):
Like, why didn’t you write to me? The music was, like, really great, you know?
like anything, Informal. very much; extremely; with great intensity:
He wanted like anything to win.
like to, South Midland and Southern U.S. was on the verge of or came close to (doing something):
The poor kid like to froze.
Also, liked to.
something like, Informal. something approaching or approximating:
It looked something like this.
the like / likes of, someone or something similar to; the equal of:
I’ve never seen the like of it anywhere.
verb (used with object), felt, feeling.
to perceive or examine by touch.
to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell:
to feel a toothache.
to find or pursue (one’s way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves.
to be or become conscious of.
to be emotionally affected by:
to feel one’s disgrace keenly.
to experience the effects of:
The whole region felt the storm.
to have a particular sensation or impression of (often used reflexively and usually followed by an adjunct or complement):
to feel oneself slighted.
to have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe:
I feel he’s guilty.
verb (used without object), felt, feeling.
to have perception by touch or by any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
to make examination by touch; grope.
to perceive a state of mind or a condition of body:
to feel happy; to feel well.
to have a sensation of being:
to feel warm.
to make itself perceived or apparent; seem:
How does it feel to be rich?
a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching:
the soft feel of cotton.
a sensation of something felt; a vague mental impression or feeling:
a feel of winter; a feel of sadness in the air.
the sense of touch:
soft to the feel.
native ability or acquired sensitivity:
to have a feel for what is right.
Informal. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers.
Slang: Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.
feels, Informal. strong, often positive feelings: That song gives me feels.
I have so many feels right now.
feel out, to attempt to ascertain (the nature of a situation, someone’s attitude, etc.) by indirect or subtle means:
Why not feel out the other neighbors’ opinions before you make a complaint.
feel up, Slang: Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner.
feel up to, Informal. to feel or be able to; be capable of:
He didn’t feel up to going to the theater so soon after his recent illness.
cop a feel, Slang: Vulgar. to touch another person’s body sexually, often in a quick and surreptitious way.
feel like, Informal.
feel like oneself, to be in one’s usual frame of mind or state of health:
She hasn’t been feeling like herself since the accident.
Also, feel oneself.
feel no pain. (def 5).
verb feels, feeling, felt (fɛlt)
to perceive (something) by touching
to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something): to feel heat, to feel anger
(transitive) to examine (something) by touch
(transitive) to find (one’s way) by testing or cautious exploration
(copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation given: I feel tired, it feels warm
to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one’s bones)
(intransitive) foll by for. to show sympathy or compassion (towards): I feel for you in your sorrow
to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that): he feels he must resign
(slang) (transitive) often foll by up. to pass one’s hands over the sexual organs of
feel like, to have an inclination (for something or doing something): I don’t feel like going to the pictures
feel oneself, feel quite oneself, to be fit and sure of oneself
(usually used with a negative or in a question) feel up to, to be fit enough for (something or doing something): I don’t feel up to going out tonight
the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching
the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feeling: the house has a homely feel about it
the sense of touch: the fabric is rough to the feel
an instinctive aptitude; knack: she’s got a feel for this sort of work
(prenominal) similar; resembling
similar to; similarly to; in the manner of: acting like a maniac, he’s so like his father
used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbs: like mother, like daughter
such as: there are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance
a dialect word for likely
(not standard) as it were: often used as a parenthetic filler: there was this policeman just staring at us, like
(informal) be like …, used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communication: I was like, ‘You’re kidding!’
(not standard) as though; as if: you look like you’ve just seen a ghost
in the same way as; in the same way that: she doesn’t dance like you do
the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prized: compare like with like, her like will never be seen again
the like, similar things: dogs, foxes, and the like
the likes of, the like of, people or things similar to (someone or something specified): we don’t want the likes of you around here
(transitive) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something): he likes boxing, he likes to hear music
(transitive) to be fond of
(transitive) to prefer or wish (to do something): we would like you to go
(transitive) to feel towards; consider; regard: how did she like it?
(intransitive) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
(transitive) (archaic) to please; agree with: it likes me not to go
(usually pl) a favourable feeling, desire, preference, etc (esp in the phrase likes and dislikes)
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.
early 13c., “sensation, understanding,” from feel (v.). Meaning “action of feeling” is from mid-15c. “Sensation produced by something” is from 1739. Noun sense of “sexual grope” is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
“having the same characteristics or qualities” (as another), Middle English shortening of Old English gelic “like, similar,” from Proto-Germanic *galika- “having the same form,” literally “with a corresponding body” (cf. Old Saxon gilik, Dutch gelijk, German gleich, Gothic galeiks “equally, like”), a compound of *ga- “with, together” + Germanic base *lik- “body, form; like, same” (cf. Old English lic “body,” German Leiche “corpse,” Danish lig, Swedish lik, Dutch lijk “body, corpse”). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. The modern form (rather than *lich) may be from a northern descendant of the Old English word’s Norse cognate, glikr.
Formerly with comparative liker and superlative likest (still in use 17c.). The preposition (c.1200) and the adverb (c.1300) both are from the adjective. As a conjunction, first attested early 16c. The word has been used as a postponed filler (“going really fast, like”) from 1778; as a presumed emphatic (“going, like, really fast”) from 1950, originally in counterculture slang and bop talk. Phrase more like it “closer to what is desired” is from 1888.
Old English lician “to please, be sufficient,” from Proto-Germanic *likjan (cf. Old Norse lika, Old Frisian likia, Old High German lihhen, Gothic leikan “to please”), from *lik- “body, form; like, same.”
The basic meaning seems to be “to be like” (see like (adj.)), thus, “to be suitable.” Like (and dislike) originally flowed the other way: It likes me, where we would say I like it. The modern flow began to appear late 14c. (cf. please).
c.1200, “a similar thing” (to another), from like (adj.).
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
To touch, caress, or handle the buttocks, breasts, legs, crotch, etc; cop a feel (1930+)
As if; really; you know; sort of •A generalized
used to lend a somewhat tentative and detached tone to the speaker, to give the speaker time to rally words and ideas: Like I was like groovin’ like, you know what I mean? (1950s+ Counterculture & bop talk)
To pick; bet on: I liked Felton. I took his folder and read it again (1950s+)
- Feel like death
see: look like death
- Feel like two cents
see: for two cents
- Feel out of place
see under out of place
- Feel put upon
see: put upon