- members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France.
- one's parents: Will your folks let you go?
Origin of folk
Synonyms for folk
Related Words for folkcommunity, group, public, family, people, lineage, tribe, settlement, proletariat, house, masses, kindred, nation, society, state, race, kin, nationality, clan, population
Examples from the Web for folk
Contemporary Examples of folk
Phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
The folk memory of medieval community life had been wiped out by the industrial revolution.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
At this point, he became Tom Sawyer, letting his musical compatriots—and the folk tradition—help paint his musical fence.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
I moved to Washington in 1988 with the folk etymology of lobbyist firmly in mind.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
And on the other are the folk, numbers unknown, who would pretty much say to Alexander, WTF are you talking about?Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
Historical Examples of folk
On most Sundays doth he preach here in the nave to all sorts of folk.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But see the church in the hollow, and the folk who cluster in the churchyard!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But it was much that the subdued English folk appeared there at all.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
The Tiverton folk saluted them, always cordially, yet each after his kind.Meadow Grass
Carlow folk held up their heads when journalism was mentioned.The Gentleman From Indiana
noun plural folk or folks
Word Origin for folk
Old English folc "common people, laity; men; people, nation, tribe; multitude; troop, army," from Proto-Germanic *folkom (cf. Old Frisian folk, Middle Dutch volc, German Volk "people"), from Proto-Germanic *fulka-, perhaps originally "host of warriors;" cf. Old Norse folk "people," also "army, detachment;" and Lithuanian pulkas "crowd," Old Church Slavonic pluku "division of an army," both believed to have been borrowed from Proto-Germanic. Old English folcstede could mean both "dwelling-place" and "battlefield."
Some have attempted to link the word to Greek plethos "multitude;" Latin plebs "people, mob," populus "people" or vulgus; OED and Klein discount this theory but it is accepted in Watkins. The plural form has been usual since 17c. Superseded in most senses by people. Old English folc was commonly used in forming compounds, such as folccwide "popular saying," folcgemot "town or district meeting;" folcwoh "deception of the public." Folk-etymology is attested from 1890.
By Folk-etymology is meant the influence exercised upon words, both as to their form and meaning, by the popular use and misuse of them. In a special sense, it is intended to denote the corruption which words undergo, owing either to false ideas about their derivation, or to a mistaken analogy with other words to which they are supposed to be related. [The Rev. A. Smythe Palmer, "Folk-Etymology," 1890]
see just folks.