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workfolk

or work·folks

[wurk-fohk]
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plural noun
  1. people who work for a wage, salary, commission, etc., especially rural or agricultural employees.

Origin of workfolk

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at work, folk
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Examples from the Web for workfolk

Historical Examples

  • To take an instance: There are clothes and shows and so forth, with which I must provide my workfolk.

    The Economist

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  • Tess waited outside the door of the farmhouse till the group of workfolk had received their wages, and then Marian introduced her.

  • The voices and laughs of the workfolk eating and drinking under the rick came to her as if they were a quarter of a mile off.

  • The other workfolk were by this time all gathered under the rick, where the loose straw formed a comfortable retreat.

  • But the act of the Lancashire workfolk was done in cold blood, and in defiance of every natural impulse.


British Dictionary definitions for workfolk

workfolk

informal, US workfolks

pl n
  1. working people, esp labourers on a farm
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