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to feel +‎ -er. From Middle English feler (to feel +‎ -er), early 15c. Animal organ definition from 1660s. Transferred sense of "proposal put forth to observe the reaction it gets" is from 1830.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfiːlə/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfiːləɹ/
  • Rhymes: -iːlə(ɹ)


feeler (plural feelers)

  1. (literally) Someone or something that feels.
    Are you more of a feeler or more of a thinker?
  2. (anatomy) An antenna or appendage used for feeling, especially on an insect.
  3. (figuratively) Something ventured to test another's feelings, opinion, or position.
    I sent out some feelers but they didn't seem interested.
    This survey is designed to get a feeler about how the citizens feel about the proposed new highway.
  4. (Philippines) Someone that assumes or imagines that one's affection is reciprocated; Someone that indulges in one's own wishful thinking; One who flatters oneself

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