noun Informal.

Origin of fella

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Historical Examples of fella

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for fella



a nonstandard variant of fellow
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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.

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