Origin of folky

First recorded in 1935–40; folk + -y2


or folk·y

adjective, folk·i·er, folk·i·est.
  1. of or relating to folk singers or folk music.

Origin of folkie

1960–65; folk (singer1) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for folky

Contemporary Examples of folky

Historical Examples of folky

  • Folky 554 folk are like their neighbours, poor devils who howl for excitement—want of anything better to do.

British Dictionary definitions for folky



noun plural -ies
  1. a devotee of folk music
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Word Origin and History for folky

"characteristic of the common people," 1914, from folk + -y (2). Old English had folcisc "popular, secular, common."



"devotee of (modern) folk music," attested by 1966, with -ie.

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