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[noun heyl-fel-oh; adjective heyl-fel-oh] /noun ˈheɪlˈfɛl oʊ; adjective ˈheɪlˌfɛl oʊ/
Also, hail fellow, hail-fellow well met. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion.
sociable; heartily genial:
His hail-fellow manner helped him to advance in the sales force.
Origin of hail-fellow
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He and the old colleges were hail-fellow well met; and in the quadrangles, he “walked gowned.”

  • She could be hail-fellow or hard as flint, depending on circumstances.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The vicomte was loudly applauded, as was due a famous swordsman and a hail-fellow.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • She's hail-fellow with us all—but I tell ye she's got to like a feller all through before he sees the inside of her parlor.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • He was hail-fellow well-met, we are told—but is this part of a Browning legend?

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • My word for it, it has been a fine comedy, this bonhomie of mine, this hail-fellow well met.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • I ought to be hail-fellow with the Evil One for not letting you be.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • He began to wish they would treat him more in the hail-fellow well-met way they treated each other.

    The Adventures of a Freshman Jesse Lynch Williams
  • He was "hail-fellow, well met," and now he has gone like that.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Not hail-fellow well-met with a "brother artist," like she had been yesterday.

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