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folksy

[fohk-see] /ˈfoʊk si/
adjective, folksier, folksiest.
1.
friendly or neighborly; sociable.
2.
very informal; familiar; unceremonious:
The politician affected a folksy style.
3.
belonging to the common people, especially in regard to a conscious use of mannerisms, speech patterns, attitudes, etc.:
folksy humor.
Origin of folksy
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; folks + -y1,
Related forms
folksiness, noun
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  • She liked to be chatty and folksy while she was servin', too.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • What struck me most, though, was the folksy look in them wide-open eyes of hers.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • And he sure is a folksy dog with the people he knows around the house.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • You can't feaze Vee, though, when she starts in to be folksy.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • The boss's conversation was just a little too folksy for his liking.

    The Success Machine Henry Slesar
British Dictionary definitions for folksy

folksy

/ˈfəʊksɪ/
adjective -sier, -siest
1.
of or like ordinary people; sometimes used derogatorily to describe affected simplicity
2.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) friendly; affable
3.
of or relating to folk art
Derived Forms
folksiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for folksy
adj.

"sociable, unpretentious," 1852, U.S. colloquial, from folks + -y (2).

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