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fella (n.)

an attempt at a phonological spelling of a casual pronunciation of fellow (n.), attested by 1864 (as fellah). Feller, along the same lines, is recorded by 1825. Earlier, Pope rhymes fellow with prunella ("Essay on Man," epistle IV).

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Definitions of fella

fella (n.)
a boy or man;
Synonyms: chap / fellow / feller / lad / gent / blighter / cuss / bloke
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