feeler feeler  /ˈfi lər/


  1. (n) one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste
  2. (n) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  3. (n) sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ
  4. (n) slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish


  1. Every male who makes an appearance in Oates' 328 pages of female-empowerment myth is a slimy, sweating, smelly brute, a rapist, a feeler, a hitter, a fascist.
  2. Since May 8 the Japanese have been pushing against the Northern China Front, in an important feeler operation involving about six Japanese divisions.
  3. The raid oh Tsingtao fortnight ago was apparently a feeler to see how a world busy with its own problems would react to the invasion of Chinese territory.


  1. Janusz Lewandowski; Polish envoy led early peace effort in Vietnam

    NEW YORK — The Vietnam War was raging with no end in sight in June 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson was told of a bold diplomatic peace offensive in the works called Operation Marigold. In comments caught on tape in the Oval Office, he called it “the most realistic, the most convincing, the most persuasive peace feeler I’ve had since I’ve been president.”        
    on September 4, 2013     Source: Boston.com

  2. RHS softball tops Helias in extra innings

    Feeler's bases-loaded, walk-off single is winning blow.
    on August 31, 2013     Source: Rolla Daily News


  1. He was "a witness to crucial and terrible events of the 20th century, and an original and contrary thinker -- and feeler -- about them," said Robert Hass, a University of California at Berkeley professor who translated Milosz's poetry.
    on Aug 14, 2004 By: Robert Hass Source: MSNBC

  2. "Naturally when one gets some hint about (a plot) or one gets a feeler or is informed directly or indirectly, I think this high alert is a must," Jamali said.
    on May 5, 2004 By: Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Source: CTV.ca

  3. Toadies front man, Vaden Todd Lewis says of the decision: "We can't help but feel a bit of redemption releasing 'Feeler' 12 years after Interscope decided it wasn't good enough and shelved it. We always thought it was going to be a good Toadies...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Vaden Todd Lewis Source: Plug In music

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affectation affectation
/ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən /