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  1. a man or boy: a fine old fellow; a nice little fellow.
  2. Informal. beau; suitor: Mary had her fellow over to meet her folks.
  3. Informal. person; one: They don't treat a fellow very well here.
  4. a person of small worth or no esteem.
  5. a companion; comrade; associate: They have been fellows since childhood.
  6. a person belonging to the same rank or class; equal; peer: The doctor conferred with his fellows.
  7. one of a pair; mate; match: a shoe without its fellow.
  8. Education.
    1. a graduate student of a university or college to whom an allowance is granted for special study.
    2. British.an incorporated member of a college, entitled to certain privileges.
    3. a member of the corporation or board of trustees of certain universities or colleges.
  9. a member of any of certain learned societies: a fellow of the British Academy.
  10. Obsolete. a partner.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make or represent as equal with another.
  2. Archaic. to produce a fellow to; match.
  1. 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

before 1050; Middle English felowe, felawe, late Old English fēolaga < Old Norse fēlagi partner in a joint undertaking, equivalent to money, property (cognate with Old English feoh, German Vieh) + -lagi bedfellow, comrade; akin to lair1, lie2
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  • Why, at that fellow's house he gives you that claret wine as warm as soup.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Be a man of affairs like your pa, and like that fellow Shepler.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for fellow


  1. a man or boy
  2. an informal word for boyfriend
  3. informal one or oneselfa fellow has to eat
  4. a person considered to be of little importance or worth
    1. (often plural)a companion; comrade; associate
    2. (as modifier)fellow travellers
  5. (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a member of the governing body of a college, who is usually a member of the teaching staff
  6. a member of the governing body or established teaching staff at any of various universities or colleges
  7. a postgraduate student employed, esp for a fixed period, to undertake research and, often, to do some teaching
    1. a person in the same group, class, or conditionthe surgeon asked his fellows
    2. (as modifier)fellow students; a fellow sufferer
  8. one of a pair; counterpart; matelooking for the glove's fellow

Word Origin for fellow

Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse fēlagi, one who lays down money, from money + lag a laying down


  1. a member of any of various learned societiesFellow of the British Academy
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Word Origin and History for fellow

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with fellow


see regular guy (fellow); strange bedfellows.

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