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(hāl′fĕl′ō) also hail-fel·low-well-met (-wĕl′mĕt′)
Heartily friendly and congenial.

[From the obsolete greeting hail, fellow!]

hail′-fel′low n.


(n. ˈheɪlˈfɛl oʊ; adj. -ˌfɛl oʊ)

1. Also, hail′ fel′low, hail′-fel′low well′ met′. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion.
2. sociable; heartily genial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hail-fellow - heartily friendly and congenialhail-fellow - heartily friendly and congenial  
friendly - characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"
References in classic literature ?
He had a persuasive, hail-fellow well-met air with him which appealed to customers of this sort, and they said to one another:
And there were ministers of many creeds, - pastors of great, gilt- edged congregations, at the seaside for a rest, with shepherds of the regular work, - from the priests of the Church on the Hill to bush-bearded ex-sailor Lutherans, hail-fellow with the men of a score of boats.
I once spoke at an awards ceremony for the Buffalo State history department--held in a hail-fellow downtown bar--and yet his colleagues could not persuade Ralph to venture the five blocks for a beer and a hello.