adjective, (Poetic) lik·er, lik·est.
- 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.
- bearing resemblance.
- Dialect. likely 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.
- characteristic of: 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.
- as it were; in a way; somehow: I did it like wrong.
- to a degree; more or less: standing against the wall, looking very tough like.
- in the same way as; just as; as: It happened like you might expect it would.
- as if: 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, feel·ing.
- 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, feel·ing.
- 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 for,
- to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with: I know you’re disappointed and upset, and I feel for you.
- Southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland.to have a liking or desire for: If you feel for more pie, just help yourself.
- 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.
- to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to: I don’t feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?
- to think; have the opinion (often used to soften the tone of discourse): I feel like this is the only solution in this case.
- to have a particular impression; believe (used to express emotional sentiments): I feel like she doesn’t love me anymore.
- 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. pain(def 5).
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
- to perceive (something) by touching
- to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something)to feel heat; to feel anger
- (tr) to examine (something) by touch
- (tr) to find (one’s way) by testing or cautious exploration
- (copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation givenI feel tired; it feels warm
- to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one’s bones)
- (intr 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
- (tr often foll by up) slang 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 or feel quite oneself to be fit and sure of oneself
- feel up to (usually used with a negative or in a question) 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 feelingthe house has a homely feel about it
- the sense of touchthe fabric is rough to the feel
- an instinctive aptitude; knackshe’s got a feel for this sort of work
- (prenominal) similar; resembling
- similar to; similarly to; in the manner ofacting like a maniac; he’s so like his father
- used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbslike mother, like daughter
- such asthere 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 fillerthere was this policeman just staring at us, like
- be like … informal used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communicationI was like, ‘You’re kidding!’
- not standard as though; as ifyou look like you’ve just seen a ghost
- in the same way as; in the same way thatshe doesn’t dance like you do
- the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prizedcompare like with like; her like will never be seen again
- the like similar thingsdogs, foxes, and the like
- the likes of or the like of people or things similar to (someone or something specified)we don’t want the likes of you around here
- (tr) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something)he likes boxing; he likes to hear music
- (tr) to be fond of
- (tr) to prefer or wish (to do something)we would like you to go
- (tr) to feel towards; consider; regardhow did she like it?
- (intr) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
- (tr) archaic to please; agree withit likes me not to go
- (usually plural) 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).
c.1200, “a similar thing” (to another), from like (adj.).
“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).
- To perceive through the sense of touch.
- To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
- To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
Have an inclination or desire for, as in I feel like going out tonight, or Do you feel like steak for dinner? [Colloquial; early 1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with feel
- feel bad
- feel blue
- feel for
- feel free
- feel in one’s bones
- feel like
- feel like death
- feel like oneself
- feel like two cents
- feel no pain
- feel oneself
- feel one’s oats
- feel one’s way
- feel out
- feel out of place
- feel put upon
- feel someone up
- feel the pinch
- feel up to
- (feel) at home
- cop a feel
- get the feel of
- (feel) put upon
In addition to the idioms beginning with like
- like a bat out of hell
- like a bump on a log
- like a cat on hot bricks
- like a champ
- like a chicken with its head cut off
- like a drowned rat
- like a fish out of water
- like a house afire
- like a lamb to the slaughter
- like anything
- like a shot
- like as not
- like as two peas in a pod
- like a ton of bricks
- like clockwork
- like crazy
- like death warmed over
- like father, like son
- like fun
- like gangbusters
- like greased lightning
- like hell
- like hot cakes, go
- like it or lump it
- likely as not
- like mad
- like nobody’s business
- like nothing on earth
- like pigs in clover
- like pulling teeth
- like rolling off a log
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- likes of, the
- like something the cat dragged in
- like that
- like to
- like water off a duck’s back
- and the like
- avoid like the plague
- come up (smelling like) roses
- crazy like a fox
- drink like a fish
- drop like flies
- Dutch uncle, talk to like a
- eat like a bird
- feel like
- (like a) fish out of water
- fit like a glove
- fly on the wall, would like to be a
- get on (like a house afire)
- go out (like a light)
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- grin like a Cheshire cat
- (drop like a) hot potato
- just like that
- know like a book
- live like a king
- look like a million dollars
- look like death
- look like something the cat dragged in
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- make out like a bandit
- manna from heaven, like
- mind like a steel trap
- need like a hole in the head
- no fool like an old fool
- not anything like
- no time like the present
- out like a light
- packed in like sardines
- sleep like a log
- something like
- spread like wildfire
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
- swear like a trooper
- take to (like a duck to water)
- tell it like it is
- treat like dirt
- turn up like a bad penny
- wail like a banshee
- watch like a hawk
- work like a beaver
- work like a charm