- a man or boy: a fine old fellow; a nice little fellow.
- Informal. beau; suitor: Mary had her fellow over to meet her folks.
- Informal. person; one: They don't treat a fellow very well here.
- a person of small worth or no esteem.
- a companion; comrade; associate: They have been fellows since childhood.
- a person belonging to the same rank or class; equal; peer: The doctor conferred with his fellows.
- one of a pair; mate; match: a shoe without its fellow.
- a graduate student of a university or college to whom an allowance is granted for special study.
- British.an incorporated member of a college, entitled to certain privileges.
- a member of the corporation or board of trustees of certain universities or colleges.
- a member of any of certain learned societies: a fellow of the British Academy.
- Obsolete. a partner.
- to make or represent as equal with another.
- Archaic. to produce a fellow to; match.
- belonging to the same class or group; united by the same occupation, interests, etc.; being in the same condition: fellow students; fellow sufferers.
Origin of fellow
Related Words for fellowlecturer, associate, assistant, professor, companion, instructor, counterpart, comrade, concomitant, reciprocal, consort, double, duplicate, equal, member, coordinate, twin, mate, peer, partner
Examples from the Web for fellow
Contemporary Examples of fellow
On Dec. 22, 1799, Sands told her cousins that she would be leaving to elope with a fellow boarder named Levi Weeks that night.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
He has even joked about how his fellow Republicans attack him.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
At least 29 fellow Republicans must vote against Boehner for a second ballot to be reached, and that seems very unlikely.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
Instead, I spend much of my time criticizing my fellow atheists.
An atheist counsels his fellow non-believers on how not to talk to people of faith.
Historical Examples of fellow
Why, at that fellow's house he gives you that claret wine as warm as soup.
Be a man of affairs like your pa, and like that fellow Shepler.
But Charles Merchant was only interested in what the fellow had said and done when he talked with her.
As soon as the fellow on the bed would have his breath he would scream.
But yesterday he up and bashed a fellow in the jaw, and the man went down.
- a man or boy
- an informal word for boyfriend
- informal one or oneselfa fellow has to eat
- a person considered to be of little importance or worth
- (often plural)a companion; comrade; associate
- (as modifier)fellow travellers
- (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a member of the governing body of a college, who is usually a member of the teaching staff
- a member of the governing body or established teaching staff at any of various universities or colleges
- a postgraduate student employed, esp for a fixed period, to undertake research and, often, to do some teaching
- a person in the same group, class, or conditionthe surgeon asked his fellows
- (as modifier)fellow students; a fellow sufferer
- one of a pair; counterpart; matelooking for the glove's fellow
Word Origin for fellow
- a member of any of various learned societiesFellow of the British Academy
c.1200, from Old English feolaga "fellow, partner," from Old Norse felagi, from fe "money" (see fee) + verbal base denoting "lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense is of "one who puts down money with another in a joint venture." Used familiarly since mid-15c. for "man, male person," but not etymologically masculine.
University senses (mid-15c.), corresponding to Latin socius) evolved from notion of "one of the corporation who constitute a college" and who are paid from its revenues. First record of fellow-traveler in sense of "one who sympathizes with the Communist movement but is not a party member," is from 1936, translating Russian poputchik. The literal sense is attested in English from 1610s.
see regular guy (fellow); strange bedfellows.