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folksy

[fohk-see]
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adjective, folk·si·er, folk·si·est.
  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

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; folks + -y1,
Related formsfolk·si·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for folksy

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Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for folksy

folksy

adjective -sier or -siest
  1. of or like ordinary people; sometimes used derogatorily to describe affected simplicity
  2. informal, mainly US and Canadian friendly; affable
  3. of or relating to folk art
Derived Formsfolksiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for folksy

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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