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

Examples of fella in a Sentence

He's not a bad fella. She has a new fella.
Recent Examples on the Web Blair recalled meeting an interesting fella through a friend recently. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2023 Then there was the fella in Westchester, who had serious halitosis, who leaned in for a kiss after dinner. Lara Sterling, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 The pop star and Brittany appear to have grown close during their time together, even coming up with their own special way to root on their fellas. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 Emily goes out to the strip club with the fellas, which pisses Luke off. Emma Specter, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 Meet the most cost-effective Big Ten coaches in 2022 Shawn Windsor Michigan 38, East Carolina 16: Minter has the main headset as the Wolverines open their season without the usual fella donning that headset. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2023 And Kevin beguiles the guys with tales of Tuscaloosa as the fellas try to determine what a win over Alabama means in the great scheme of things. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 Just be sure to tell the fella over there with the hella good hair to shake, shake, shake. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 Ask Lucas: The eels lurking in the plumbing attacked my daughter Look at this handsome fella. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of fellow

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fella was in 1816

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“Fella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fella. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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