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feller1

[fel-er]
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noun Informal.
  1. fellow.
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Origin of feller1

First recorded in 1815–25; orig. dial.; by reduction of (ō) to (ə) and merger with words ending in -er

feller2

[fel-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that fells.
  2. Sewing. a person or thing that finishes a seam by felling.
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Origin of feller2

First recorded in 1350–1400, feller is from the Middle English word fellere. See fell2, -er1

Feller

[fel-er]
noun
  1. Robert William AndrewBobBullet Bob, 1918–2010, U.S. baseball player.
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fell3

[fel]
adjective
  1. fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage.
  2. destructive; deadly: fell poison; fell disease.
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Idioms
  1. at/in one fell swoop. swoop(def 5).
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Origin of fell3

1250–1300; Middle English fel < Old French, nominative of felon wicked. See felon1
Related formsfell·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for feller

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  • They say't 'What's one man's meat 's pizen t' the other feller,' and I guess it's so enough.

  • That's where that feller's credit comes in, you see; and that's where mine comes in.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • A feller's got to have sumpin' besides school-larnin' to draw like him.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • You kin imagine how that other feller's cigar tasted when he lighted it ag'in.

  • I didn't have any small change so I handed the feller a five-dollar bill.


British Dictionary definitions for feller

feller1

noun
  1. a person or thing that fells
  2. an attachment on a sewing machine for felling seams
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feller2

noun
  1. a nonstandard variant of fellow
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fell1

verb (tr)
  1. to cut or knock downto fell a tree; to fell an opponent
  2. needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
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noun
  1. US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
  2. a seam finished by felling
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Derived Formsfellable, adjective

Word Origin

Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall

fell2

adjective
  1. archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
  2. archaic destructive or deadlya fell disease
  3. one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence
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Derived Formsfellness, noun

Word Origin

C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon 1

fell3

verb
  1. the past tense of fall
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fell4

noun
  1. an animal skin or hide
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Word Origin

Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel 1

fell5

noun
  1. (often plural) Northern English and Scot
    1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
    2. (in combination)fell-walking
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Word Origin

C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
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Word Origin and History for feller

fell

n.1

"rocky hill," c.1300, from Old Norse fiall "mountain," from Proto-Germanic *felzam- "rock" (cf. German Fels "stone, rock"), from PIE root *pel(i)s- "rock, cliff."

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fell

v.2

Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).

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fell

n.2

"skin or hide of an animal," Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).

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fell

v.1

Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) "make fall, cause to fall," also "strike down, demolish, kill," from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.

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fell

adj.

"cruel," late 13c., from Old French fel "cruel, fierce, vicious," from Medieval Latin fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with feller

fell

see one fell swoop.

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