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fellow sb. (5 in 14th cent. implied polite condescension=‘comrade’, ‘my friend’; in S.'s time this notion had disappeared, but the word when addressed to a servant does not seem to have necessarily implied haughtiness or contempt, though its application to one not greatly inferior was a gross insult)
1. companion, associate (freq.) Tp. III. iii. 60; also attrib. AYL. III. ii. 378, Ham. I. ii. 177.
2. partaker, sharer “of” Wint. III. ii. 39.
3. consort, spouse Tp. III. i. 84*.
4. equal, match MND. IV. i. 39 “good hay . . . hath no fellow,” Cæs. V. iii. 101, Mac. II. iii. 69.
5. customary title of address to a servant LLL. IV. i. 103 “Thou, , a word,” R3 III. ii. 105 “Gramercy, : there, drink that for me,” Rom. I. ii. 58 “Good den, good fellow.”
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