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[fel-uh] /ˈfɛl ə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of fella
cf. feller1 Unabridged
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  • "There's a fella over on the east side you ought to meet," Lockwood explained.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • I want this fella to make a receptor test as soon as possible.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • When you're ridin' this kind of country with some fella, you can read his mind almost as good as a horse can.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Mebbe that fella I let my shack to will make out well, then, after all.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
  • "fella I was with's a damn fool," confided the blue-eyed woman.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Billy Onotoa and the other fella on boarda are hava a bita singa-songa and danca too.

    Edward Barry Louis Becke
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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