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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!
Example sentences from the Web for fella
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
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
There is no denying it: this fella deserves to wake up to Carey Mulligan every morning.
My word,” said Binu Charley, “that fella spear allee same devil-devil.Adventure|Jack London
Ain't it funny with a fella that's got so much sense about other things?The Rosie World|Parker Fillmore
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
Miss Jacky's gone to meet her fella again, and I know she's goin' to git kilt!Kildares of Storm|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
You know I used to wonder if a fella's face would ever come smooth again in heaven.Overland Red|Henry Herbert Knibbs