fel·​la | \ ˈfe-lə How to pronounce fella (audio) \
variants: or less commonly feller \ ˈfe-​lər How to pronounce feller (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 Big fella is racking up 7.5 fouls per 36 minutes, a hack rate only 14 players have ever hit over a full season. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan basketball's Moe Wagner is NBA leader in shooting efficiency," 22 Nov. 2019 The battle between Beta and Daryl (Norman Reedus) was one of season 9’s highlights, and now that the big fella and Negan have crossed paths, another duel could be in the future. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "The Walking Dead is having a creative renaissance," 6 Nov. 2019 Love you Big Guy… Drop a heart for the big fella!!! Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Jordyn Woods Wishes Will Smith a Happy Birthday with Throwback Photos — See the Sweet Snaps!," 26 Sep. 2019 Supreme nice guy and all-round good fella, Van der Sar soothes the mood in the stands with his hilarious anecdotes about Patrice Evra's never-ending changing room pranks at Old Trafford. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2015," 28 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Abby is dealing with work issues and encounters a lovely new fella (Greyston Holt). Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Season Four of Chesapeake Shores Debuts This Weekend," 19 Aug. 2019 His handy hints included the suggestion that coconut oil is great for pleasuring oneself, and that getting sunlight on one’s testicles enhances a fella’s performance. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "On Giants’ next manager, Warriors’ secret plot, and killer burgers," 9 Nov. 2019 Another handsome fella from the Insecure cast just became a proud papa. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "This 'Insecure' Star Just Became A Father," 13 Nov. 2019 In other words, fellas, no one should get too comfortable. BostonGlobe.com, "In Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over San Jose, Heinen lined up at right wing on the second line centered by David Krejci. Jake DeBrusk held what has become his customary spot on the left side.," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Fella.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fella. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fella

: a male person

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