[ fohk-weyz ]
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plural nounSociology.
  1. the ways of living, thinking, and acting in a human group, built up without conscious design but serving as compelling guides of conduct.

Origin of folkways

folk + ways; term introduced in a book of the same title (1907) by W. G. Sumner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use folkways in a sentence

  • Not subscribing to the folkway that prescribes seasick intoxication as an expression of joy, we did the town with discrimination.

  • The same is true of any folkway so long as it is not yet doubted.

    Folkways | William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for folkways


/ (ˈfəʊkˌweɪz) /

pl n
  1. sociol traditional and customary ways of living

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