Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Heartily friendly and congenial.

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  • n. An intimate companion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intimate companion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An intimate companion; a pleasant or genial companion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. heartily friendly and congenial

Etymologies

From the obsolete greeting hail, fellow!.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The very lack now of hail-fellow chumminess is, frankly, very odd.

    Michael Wolff: BP: Blame the Brits

  • There was none of the usual hail-fellow cordiality that I had encountered in my previous meetings with politicians.

    Dealings

  • I met their gazes and tried to shoot a casual hail-fellow kind of look.

    Long Way Home

  • He had a hail-fellow manner that some passengers adopt in the company of pilots.

    William Langewiesche on the Amazon air crash

  • Still, beneath a hail-fellow manner, Bush has a defensive edge, a don't-tread-on-me prickliness.

    Bush in the Bubble

  • A snippet of the article:When things go bad for a client--and we're talking off the cliff--the respectable barrister known for his or her brilliant transactional mind, hail-fellow connections and Ivy League charm may have to bring in a different type of attorney.

    02/10/2007

  • Rogers delighted Clemens by treating him with bluff hail-fellow humor, the sort that Howells always reached for but never quite managed to pull off.

    Mark Twain

  • At eight in the morning, we go in dishabille to the Pump-room which is crowded like a Welsh fair; and there you see the highest quality, and the lowest trades folks, jostling each other, without ceremony, hail-fellow well-met.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • There is something about the kind of hail-fellow well met that I get a little uneasy about.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: President Clinton Draws Laughs at White House Correspondents' Dinner - May 1, 2000

  • Emergencies made new rules, the local councillor said, bustling towards my father, presenting a surface of urgent concern, all camaraderie for him and with hail-fellow greetings individually for the firemen.

    Penalty

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