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[fel-uh] /ˈfɛl ə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of fella
cf. feller1 Unabridged
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  • I'll have to tell the oul' fella, and he'll be raging mad when he hears about it.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "There's a fella over on the east side you ought to meet," Lockwood explained.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • You know, that fella, he comes in every night—got a lot of things he wants to talk about.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • If it hit en in the paunch, it's 'not out' and the fella must have suffered.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • One of them came to the house, and saw this fella yesterday.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I want this fella to make a receptor test as soon as possible.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
British Dictionary definitions for fella


a nonstandard variant of fellow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fella

attempt at phonetic spelling of a casual pronunciation of fellow, attested by 1864. Feller, along the same lines, is recorded by 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fella



Fellow; guy: fella, wipe your shoes

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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