- members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France.
- one's parents: Will your folks let you go?
- folk art,
- folk dance,
- folk etymology,
- folk linguistics,
- folk magic
Origin of folk
Examples from the Web for folks
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What tastes great to an American consumer may not be what folks in China or India would choose to eat or drink.
All these folks were full of gripping stories about their time with Pryor, since he created much drama offstage as well as on.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because look, folks: The Democrats are the party of government.Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start|Michael Tomasky|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And our folks are standing guard outside the [jury room] door!Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon|Chris Francescani|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My folks went to Detroit when I was a little codger and they both died there.Across the Mesa|Jarvis Hall
The folks who'd made the deals went up to see their land, and most of them found it belonged to another man.A Damaged Reputation|Harold Bindloss
But of course Mappo's folks were, by this time, a long way off in the jungle woods, wondering where Mappo himself was.Mappo, the Merry Monkey|Richard Barnum
As you all know, Peter Rabbit is out and about at a time when most folks are snugly tucked in bed.Mother West Wind "Where" Stories|Thornton W. Burgess
Men might fight, but none the less the corn would keep on growing; and folks must live.The Downfall|Emile Zola
noun plural folk or folks
Word Origin for folk
"people of one's family," 1715, colloquial, from plural of 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.