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[men-fohk] /ˈmɛnˌfoʊk/
plural noun
men, especially those belonging to a family or community:
The menfolk are all working in the fields.
Origin of menfolk
First recorded in 1795-1805; men + folk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The vicar moved in worlds beyond where her own menfolk existed.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • And they'd serve them precisely as the Sarkian women serve their menfolk.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • And we are bound to say that in accuracy of aim Mrs. S. was not behind the menfolk.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • I guess we menfolk will have to pull together in self-defence.

  • I don't think Australians are as afraid of their menfolk as Englishwomen.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • The average mountain woman is as combative in spirit as her menfolk.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • Perhaps this is because the latter is such a hard mistress to their menfolk.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • We menfolk oughtn't to judge a poor woman too hardly, your Reverence.

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • In your position no doubt I should do the same; but you see I haven't any menfolk.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for menfolk


plural noun
men collectively, esp the men of a particular family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for menfolk

also men-folk "the male sex, men generally," 1802, from men + folk (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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