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[fel-oh] /ˈfɛl oʊ/
a man or boy:
a fine old fellow; a nice little fellow.
Informal. beau; suitor:
Mary had her fellow over to meet her folks.
Informal. person; one:
They don't treat a fellow very well here.
a person of small worth or no esteem.
a companion; comrade; associate:
They have been fellows since childhood.
a person belonging to the same rank or class; equal; peer:
The doctor conferred with his fellows.
one of a pair; mate; match:
a shoe without its fellow.
  1. a graduate student of a university or college to whom an allowance is granted for special study.
  2. British. an incorporated member of a college, entitled to certain privileges.
  3. a member of the corporation or board of trustees of certain universities or colleges.
a member of any of certain learned societies:
a fellow of the British Academy.
Obsolete. a partner.
verb (used with object)
to make or represent as equal with another.
Archaic. to produce a fellow to; match.
belonging to the same class or group; united by the same occupation, interests, etc.; being in the same condition:
fellow students; fellow sufferers.
Origin of fellow
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English felowe, felawe, late Old English fēolaga < Old Norse fēlagi partner in a joint undertaking, equivalent to money, property (cognate with Old English feoh, German Vieh) + -lagi bedfellow, comrade; akin to lair1, lie2 Unabridged
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  • Friends and fellow citizens, we must make the world free for democracy.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • "I want you to let me go up to that Greek fellow's place before I go," he said.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The fellow with the noose came towards me, and I sprang overboard.

  • He did not strike the fellow, as the Spaniards seemed to think he would.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • And let me tell you, it's good of you to help a fellow like this.

    Fred Fenton on the Track Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for fellow


a man or boy
an informal word for boyfriend
(informal) one or oneself: a fellow has to eat
a person considered to be of little importance or worth
  1. (often pl) a companion; comrade; associate
  2. (as modifier): fellow travellers
(at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a member of the governing body of a college, who is usually a member of the teaching staff
a member of the governing body or established teaching staff at any of various universities or colleges
a postgraduate student employed, esp for a fixed period, to undertake research and, often, to do some teaching
  1. a person in the same group, class, or condition: the surgeon asked his fellows
  2. (as modifier): fellow students, a fellow sufferer
one of a pair; counterpart; mate: looking for the glove's fellow
Word Origin
Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse fēlagi, one who lays down money, from money + lag a laying down


a member of any of various learned societies: Fellow of the British Academy
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Word Origin and History for fellow

c.1200, from Old English feolaga "fellow, partner," from Old Norse felagi, from fe "money" (see fee) + verbal base denoting "lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense is of "one who puts down money with another in a joint venture." Used familiarly since mid-15c. for "man, male person," but not etymologically masculine.

University senses (mid-15c.), corresponding to Latin socius) evolved from notion of "one of the corporation who constitute a college" and who are paid from its revenues. First record of fellow-traveler in sense of "one who sympathizes with the Communist movement but is not a party member," is from 1936, translating Russian poputchik. The literal sense is attested in English from 1610s.

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