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What does feller mean?
Feller is a very informal way of saying fellow—a general term for a man or boy.
It can also be used to refer to a male animal, especially a pet, as in Look at this cute little feller!
It’s often paired with an adjective, as in handsome feller or big feller.
Less commonly, feller can be used as an informal term of address similar to terms like dude, buddy, or pal, as in Hey, feller, what’s new with you? It can also be used by a man to refer to himself, as in Where can a feller find a hot meal around here?
The related term fella is also a variant of fellow and is thought to come from an altered pronunciation of feller. Fella is also very informal. Most senses of feller and fella sound old-timey and aren’t commonly used (other than to sound old-timey or to be funny). Feller is especially associated with rural speakers.
Unrelatedly, feller also means someone who fells things—cuts them down—such as a lumberjack.
In sewing, to fell is to finish a seam by sewing the edge down flat. In this context, feller can refer to a person who finishes a seam in this way or to a sewing machine attachment that does it.
Example: That lumberjack-looking feller was in here not a half hour ago asking for directions.
Where does feller come from?
The first records of the word feller come from around 1700. It’s a variant of the word fellow.
Though fella and feller are very similar, fella is commonly used in some ways that feller is not. For example, the plural form fellas is used 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 this way, it’s used in much the same way as the term guys, as in Jen’s having a night out with the ladies, so I’m going to stay here and hang with the fellas. It’s possible to use fellers in this way, but it’s not at all common.
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How is feller used in real life?
The term feller is very informal. It’s typically used in a humorous way.
Texting one handsome feller (;
— Dud ✨ (@dsevere_) February 3, 2012
— Raymond J Lee (@raymondjlee) February 19, 2020
Found a little feller 🙂 pic.twitter.com/EFhYTuPMMa
— Allister🇦🇺 (@AllisterThorne) July 19, 2020
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Is feller used correctly in the following sentence?
He may be a young feller, but he sure is clever!
Example sentences from the Web for feller
It surely however gives a certain type of feller a thrill, dark and shameful though it may be.
Feller also represents victim No. 2, whose story was the subject of bombshell trial testimony.
"I mean you gives me a good reference for this feller Marks Pasinsky," Abe shouted.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
You'll never jump my market till you can find a feller who can hit a trail such as you never dreamed of.The Heart of Unaga|Ridgwell Cullum
Gosh a'mighty, can't a feller lick his own wife without—Here!Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
It's 'cuz that feller is so smart that Ah feels shore the Boss won't get wind of mah hosses bein' lent.Polly and Eleanor|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
A feller came along yesterday and said he was hungry; but when I showed him some work I wanted done he skulked off.Bolanyo|Opie Percival Read