[ fohk ]
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  1. Usually folks. (used with a plural verb) people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer.

  2. Often folks. (used with a plural verb) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.

  1. (used with a plural verb) people as the carriers of culture, especially as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition.

  2. folks, Informal.

    • members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France.

    • one's parents: Will your folks let you go?

  3. Archaic. a people or tribe.

  1. of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; a folk hero.

  2. having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk culture; folk art.

Idioms about folk

  1. just folks, Informal. (of persons) simple, unaffected, unsophisticated, or open-hearted people: He enjoyed visiting his grandparents because they were just folks.

Origin of folk

before 900; Middle English; Old English folc; cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse folk,Old High German folk (German Volk)

Other words for folk

Words Nearby folk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use folk in a sentence

  • There are some folk in this country, you know, who manifest a very retiring disposition at times.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It was no wonder that he felt quite at home in the duck-pond, which was made for web-footed folk.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Most of the feathered folk agreed that Mr. Blackbird ought not to have spokenp.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Mademoiselle snatched it from the hand, which was very tiny, and pink, with dimples where grown up folk have knuckles.

  • Mr. Meadow Mouse did not hesitate to use it, being one of those fortunate folk that are quite at home anywhere.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for folk


/ (fəʊk) /

nounplural folk or folks
  1. (functioning as plural; often plural in form) people in general, esp those of a particular group or class: country folk

  2. (functioning as plural; usually plural in form) informal members of a family

  1. (functioning as singular) informal short for folk music

  2. a people or tribe

  3. (modifier) relating to, originating from, or traditional to the common people of a country: a folk song

Origin of folk

Old English folc; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German folk

Derived forms of folk

  • folkish, adjective
  • folkishness, 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

Other Idioms and Phrases with folk


see just folks.

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