Before long, however, he began to feel out of place and went back downstairs for a while to chat up the cook.
The heat and the sun, which were unlessened by the autumn season, made him feel out of his element.
No man, woman, or child was allowed to feel out of place, or unwelcome.
But there would be a way, when she came to know the man utterly, when she came to feel out every nerve of his moral being.
From that time forward he seemed to feel out of his element at Plassans.
"I was afraid to come back for fear I'd feel out of it, but I don't," she added happily.
It made me feel out of breath, as if I had been walking too fast.
It must be because you feel out of your running in a real cow-country place like this.
We wanted to feel out the country and locate the buffalo herds.
I did not like to feel out of harmony with him, and so almost angrily I reproached him.
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).
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
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.
To inquire or investigate tentatively: Let's feel out the possibilities first (1920s+)
To touch, caress, or handle the buttocks, breasts, legs, crotch, etc; cop a feel (1930+)