Heartily friendly and congenial.
Origin of hail-fellowFrom the obsolete greeting hail, fellow!.
- An intimate companion.
- Quotations: Hail-fellow well met. - Lyly
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
used to signify tribute, greeting, etc.
hail fellow well met
to be from; come from (one's birthplace or established residence)