Word "Fella" will indicate the gender "Male". Can anyone say the word like "fella" for the gender "female"?.
Fellow, the original word, has three main meanings:
- A male person in general - I saw a fellow waiting by the car.
- One of a pair - I found one shoe but could not find its fellow.
- A member of a group of people who have shared interests or activities, especially formal membership - She was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In this instance it is gender neutral.
You would normally only use fella as a short form of Number 1. I assume you are looking for a female equivalent of this usage.
Some male terms have obvious female 'opposites':
Guy - gal
Lad - lass
Boy - girl
Son - daughter
Husband - wife
However there are many words for males and females which do not match up, and this is usually because of the different roles men and women have held thoughout history and in different cultures. For instance, maid, or maiden, is an old-fashioned word meaning an unmarried woman who is assumed to be a virgin (because sex for women outside of marriage has been forbidden). There is no equivalent male word.
Fellow is from Old Norse and is to do with cattle trading. It's therefore a male-dominated word with no female equivalent. You must therefore choose one of the many words which apply to women, and the appropriateness of your choice would depend on context.
Be careful how you use it however, it can be perceived as patronizing.
Other options are: