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 And now the big fella is gonna do the Ickey Shuffle a very short distance. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 Cut in between moments of West bartering with his surgeon for faster healing options are clips of him going door-to-door at the Roc-a-fella offices, essentially pleading for people to listen to his music. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Feb. 2022 Hear Mitchell, the team’s leader, talk and the message is clear: Nothing’s been good enough so far, much more is yet to be done, much work and focus and sacrifice are required, all the stuff that that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fella mentioned has merit. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 That Seth accepts the nickname without being so gauche as to acknowledge the honor and fawn over Bill is proof that Bill picked the right fella to knight. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 First, Anthony loans out a hot fella from Hot Fellas Bread to carry Carrie up her stairs upon returning from the hospital (should Hot Fellas Bread permanently branch out? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 30 Dec. 2021 The big fella, as coach Juwan Howard calls him, was rewarded for his sprint with a gorgeous feed from Jones for a dunk. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 19 Dec. 2021 Motley was the bruiser of a fullback who preceded a fella named Jim Brown in Cleveland. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 No need to be coy with this fella about any husband-murdering scandals cluttering up your recent past! Joan Kubicek, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Fella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fella. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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