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fellow traveler

noun
1.
a person who supports or sympathizes with a political party, especially the Communist Party, but is not an enrolled member.
2.
anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.
Origin of fellow traveler
1605-1615
1605-15, for literal sense
Related forms
fellow-traveling
[fel-oh-trav-uh-ling, -trav-ling] /ˌfɛl oʊˌtræv ə lɪŋ, -ˈtræv lɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • As a precautionary measure I took a seat on the top of the coach with a fellow traveler.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • "I knew you were a druggist," said my fellow traveler, affably.

  • On our way to Wamsutter we passed a fellow traveler, a gentleman from New York with his family.

  • And if I was you, I'd stop in the door just this side—and get acquainted with your fellow traveler.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • And this was the house next door where dwelt his fellow traveler for the morrow.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • It was only a fleeting glance, but in it, it seemed, the whole character of his fellow traveler had changed.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • It came, without a doubt, from the igloo of his fellow traveler, the woman.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • As truthfulness is not a Japanese virtue, it is well to consult your fellow traveler and to use your own judgment as to quality.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
fellow traveler in Culture

fellow traveler definition


One who supports the aims or philosophies of a political group without joining it. A “fellow traveler” is usually one who sympathizes with communist doctrines but is not a member of the Communist party. The term was used disparagingly in the 1950s to describe people accused of being communists.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fellow traveler

fellow traveler

noun phrase

A person who sympathizes with a cause or doctrine, without openly identifying himself with it: These people are not hipsters, they are fellow travelers

[1930s+; said to have been coined by Leon Trotsky in Russian as sputnik and translated into English as ''fellow traveler'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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