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[fohk-see] /ˈfoʊk si/
adjective, folksier, folksiest.
friendly or neighborly; sociable.
very informal; familiar; unceremonious:
The politician affected a folksy style.
belonging to the common people, especially in regard to a conscious use of mannerisms, speech patterns, attitudes, etc.:
folksy humor.
Origin of folksy
1850-55, Americanism; folks + -y1, or folk + -sy
Related forms
folksiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Set here and talked with me just as sociable and folksy as if she wan't wuth a cent.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The boss's conversation was just a little too folksy for his liking.

    The Success Machine Henry Slesar
  • Montgomery is just a comfortable, folksy, neighborly town, small enough to make hypocrisy difficult and unnecessary.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • What struck me most, though, was the folksy look in them wide-open eyes of hers.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Seems a pretty silly job for grown-up men, but they're real pleasant and folksy.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for folksy


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

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

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