fella

noun
fel·​la | \ ˈfe-lə How to pronounce fella (audio) \
variants: or less commonly feller \ ˈfe-​lər How to pronounce fella (audio) \
plural fellas also fellers

Definition of fella

informal : fellow sense 4c, man sense 1a(1) a nice fella "The fella who does the windows here sometimes puts a striped shirt with a striped tie and a striped suit…"— Teri Agins A fella who accepts himself and is relaxed into who he is—that appeals to people.— Rebecca Winters Keegan Moments when a feller needs a friend and so forth.— P. G. Wodehouse Gunnysack Johnson observed that "nobody can talk as interestingly as the feller that's not hampered by facts or information."— Jim Reed

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Examples of fella in a Sentence

He's not a bad fella. She has a new fella.
Recent Examples on the Web Lakeville South coach Ben Burk values more than the big fella's obvious attributes. Star Tribune, "Meet the Star Tribune's nine top college football prospects from Minnesota high schools," 15 Dec. 2020 Herman getting fired for not playing the young fella early. Dallas News, "National reaction to Texas’ win over Kansas State: In Bijan Robinson, Longhorns finally have a ‘young superstar’ RB," 5 Dec. 2020 Negan played the bait to lure Beta away from Lydia, and while blinded by his rage at the sight of the man who beheaded his beloved Alpha, Beta never saw Daryl, who announced his arrival by plunging two knives in the big fella's eyes. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Ryan Hurst goes inside Beta's 'nightmare fuel' fate on The Walking Dead," 5 Oct. 2020 Jack, an appealingly puppyish and hapless fella, yearns for more meaning and connection in a world of shallow hipster hypocrisy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Save Yourselves!’ follows familiar formula, but proves prescient (review)," 30 Sep. 2020 Again, the guess here is that the young fella has the goods. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Are the Cardinals for real? If they are Kyler Murray can prove it over the next 5 games," 30 Oct. 2020 Going 12-2 straight-up and landing the Upset Special makes a fella feel kind of smart. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 8 NFL picks against the spread," 29 Oct. 2020 Jack, an appealingly puppyish and hapless fella, yearns for more meaning and connection in a world of shallow hipster hypocrisy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Save Yourselves!’ follows familiar formula, but proves prescient (review)," 30 Sep. 2020 The Browns are riding a four-game winning streak and are 4-1 for the first time since 1994, when some fella named Bill Belichick was the head coach (also, current Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was the defensive coordinator). Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "What was happening the last time the Cleveland Browns won in Pittsburgh?," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fella

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fella

alteration of fellow

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8 Jan 2021

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“Fella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fella. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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fella

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of fella

informal
: a male person

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