Origin of hail-fellowFrom the obsolete greeting hail, fellow!.
- An intimate companion.
- Quotations: Hail-fellow well met. - Lyly
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Variant of hail
- to welcome, greet, etc. with or as with cheers; acclaim
- to name by way of tribute; salute as: they hailed him their leader
- to call out to or signal to, as in summoning or greeting: to hail a taxi
Origin of hailMiddle English hailen, to salute, greet ; from hail, heil ; from Old Norse heill, whole, sound, akin to Old English hal (see hale, whole): used as a salutation
- the act of hailing or greeting
- the distance that a shout will carry: within hail
hail fellow well met