[noun heyl-fel-oh; adjective heyl-fel-oh]


Also hail fellow, hail-fellow well met. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion.


sociable; heartily genial: His hail-fellow manner helped him to advance in the sales force.

Origin of hail-fellow

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for hail-fellow

Historical Examples of hail-fellow

  • Not hail-fellow well-met with a "brother artist," like she had been yesterday.

  • He was "hail-fellow, well met," and now he has gone like that.

  • She could be hail-fellow or hard as flint, depending on circumstances.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • I ought to be hail-fellow with the Evil One for not letting you be.

    The Quest

    Frederik van Eeden

  • He was hail-fellow well-met, we are told—but is this part of a Browning legend?

    Robert Browning

    Edward Dowden