adjective Date: 1580 hail-fellow-well-methail-fellow noun

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  • Hail-fellow — Hail fel low ( f[e^]l l[ o]), n. An intimate companion. [1913 Webster] Hail fellow well met. Lyly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hail-fellow — n. /hayl fel oh/; adj. /hayl fel oh/, n. 1. Also, hail fellow, hail fellow well met. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion. adj. 2. sociable; heartily genial: His hail fellow manner helped him to advance in the sales force. [1570 80] * *… …   Universalium

  • hail-fellow — noun An intimate companion. Quotations: Hail fellow well met. Lyly …   Wiktionary

  • hail-fellow — adjective heartily friendly and congenial • Syn: ↑comradely, ↑hail fellow well met • Similar to: ↑friendly • Derivationally related forms: ↑comrade (for: ↑co …   Useful english dictionary

  • hail-fellow — hail fel•low n. [[t]ˈheɪlˈfɛl oʊ[/t]] adj. [[t] ˌfɛl oʊ[/t]] n. 1) Also, hail′ fel′low, hail′ fel′low well′ met′. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion 2) sociable; heartily genial • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • hail-fellow — n. Intimate, associate, companion …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Hail fellow well met — is a somewhat archaic English idiom used either as an exagerrated greeting or referring to a person who is sociable and constantly making an effort at winning friends. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gives a 1589 quotation for this phrase as… …   Wikipedia

  • hail-fellow(-well-met) — hailˈ fellow( well metˈ) adjective Readily or excessively friendly and familiar (also noun and adverb) ● hail …   Useful english dictionary

  • hail-fellow-well-met — adjective OLD FASHIONED behaving in a very friendly way that is annoying or does not seem sincere …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hail-fellow-well-met — Someone whose behavior is hearty, friendly and congenial …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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