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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
Met some feller for our first date 13 years ago. Happy First-Date-A-Versary @3045hobart. Another 13 and our daughter will be off to college 😱 pic.twitter.com/oSiNJehylr
— 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!
How to use feller in a sentence
Feller, the star pitcher, embodied the new business sense of athletes.In Cleveland, four men helped bring baseball into the modern age|Aram Goudsouzian|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
Feller is no longer on the City Council, so the city will have a new SANDAG representative.Sanchez’s Win in Oceanside Is More Evidence of a Changing County|Kayla Jimenez|November 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Council members Rodriguez and Feller voted in favor of the project in November.Coastal Anxieties Run Deep in Oceanside Mayor’s Race|Kayla Jimenez|October 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
It surely however gives a certain type of feller a thrill, dark and shameful though it may be.The Dirty Secret Doctors Don't Want You To Know|Kent Sepkowitz|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Feller also represents victim No. 2, whose story was the subject of bombshell trial testimony.Sandusky Son to Settle|Diane Dimond|August 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“It was super fun,” says a slightly out-of-breath 10 year-old Samuel Feller after three laps on the track.A Flying Bike?|Lauren Ashburn|September 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Vunce I seen a feller–I hat some snakes here in algohol–unt dat feller he trunk de algohol.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
Thar was a young man named Jeames Hambrick along and another young feller, he got to fooling with his pistil, and he shot Jeames.
I bet a feller can skate in the streeton the sidewalkalmost anywhere this morning, declared Chet, with enthusiasm.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Let some feller come in here with a gen'ral store, sellin' for cash—and cuttin' prices, eh?
And, young feller, if things turns out for me like I think they will, you're goin' to quit bein' a lawyer one of these days.