Origin of fella
Words nearby fella
What does fella mean?
Fella is a very informal way of saying fellow—a general term for a man or boy.
Fella can be used as an informal term of address similar to terms like dude, buddy, or pal, as in Hey, fella, what’s new with you? In this way, it’s perhaps most commonly used to refer to or address a male animal, especially a pet, as in Hey, little fella, you’re the cutest!
It can also be used by a man to refer to himself, as in Where can a fella find a hot meal around here?
Most senses of fella (and fellow) sound old-timey and aren’t commonly used (other than to sound old-timey).
However, the plural form, fellas, is somewhat commonly used, especially by men or boys as an informal and familiar way to refer to their male friends (the fellas) or as a way to address them, in much the same way as the term guys.
Fella is also used in the informal phrase big fella, referring to a particularly large man or object, as in He’s a big fella, ain’t he?
Example: Jen’s having a night out with the ladies, so I’m going to stay here and hang with the fellas.
Where does fella come from?
The first records of the word fella come from before the 1800s. Although it’s ultimately a variant of the word fellow, it’s thought to derive from an altered pronunciation of another variant of fellow—feller.
If it’s “guy’s night,” that means the fellas are hanging out (probably in a man cave). The singular form fella is less commonly used, unless perhaps when referring to pets. When it is, it’s often paired with an adjective, as in big fella or handsome fella.
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How is fella used in real life?
The term fella is very informal and is typically used to refer to or address friends and pets.
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Nobody asked me but I’m just letting the fellas know that think we are being “dramatic”
— Strawberricurls (@StrawberriCurls) July 16, 2020
This lil fella posed for me today pic.twitter.com/6rGEM4wdrl
— Miranda Paige (@merrpaige) July 21, 2020
For reasons unclear to me, I am really missing Gene Wilder this evening. Never knew the fella, but I miss him.
— Stripey "Made of Lego Voxels" Type (@StripeyType) May 27, 2020
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Is fella used correctly in the following sentence?
He may be a young fella, but he sure is clever!
How to use fella in a sentence
After meeting at University College London, releasing their EP Safety, and inking a five-album deal with Parlophone, the fellas wrote and recorded portions of their debut album Parachutes at Rockfield.Chris Martin Reveals How Coldplay Made ‘Yellow’ on a Farm|Marlow Stern|May 14, 2021|The Daily Beast
Wendy’sUnlike most of the others we tasted, this fella comes standard with mayo, tomato and lettuce, making it a little “gloppy,” Tim and Aaron agreed.Where does the new McDonald’s chicken sandwich rank? Turns out, the Arches fall flat.|Emily Heil|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
She says she got married in 2005, lives in L.A. with her husband and two children, and her fella is “totally cool with what I do.”Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set|Marlow Stern|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The two were best buds and, along with Kareem Burke, founded the label Roc-A-Fella Records together in 1995.
So yes, a meal laced with too much annoyance actually can bring a fella down.Can Being With Your Family on Thanksgiving Actually Kill You?|Kent Sepkowitz|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her world turns upside down when her roommate and BFF, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), meets a fella and decides to move out.‘Frances Ha’ Director Noah Baumbach and Star and Co-Writer Greta Gerwig on Hipsters|Marlow Stern|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Baauer, 23, is a tall, slight fella with a boyish face and big, goofy smile.
Was it you that's been hanging around that white fella girl b'long missionary—that's dared lift your dog's eyes to her?Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Without doubt Sagawa had been eaten as well by the “bad fella boys too much” that stopped along the bush.The Red One|Jack London
Hǫttr mlti: "gef mr til sverit Gullinhjalta, er heldr , ok skal ek fella drit ea f bana."Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
There's nothin' puts a fella in wrong with the boys quicker than for him to let on he is a hand when he ain't.
When you're ridin' this kind of country with some fella, you can read his mind almost as good as a horse can.