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or workfolks

[wurk-fohk] /ˈwɜrkˌfoʊk/
plural noun
people who work for a wage, salary, commission, etc., especially rural or agricultural employees.
Origin of workfolk
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at work, folk Unabridged
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  • "We workfolk shall have some lordly junketing to-night," said Cainy Ball, casting forth his thoughts in a new direction.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for workfolk


plural noun
working people, esp labourers on a farm
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