folk

[ fohk ]
/ foʊk /
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noun

adjective

of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; a folk hero.
having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk culture; folk art.

Nearby words

  1. foliose,
  2. folious,
  3. folium,
  4. folivore,
  5. folivorous,
  6. folk art,
  7. folk dance,
  8. folk etymology,
  9. folk linguistics,
  10. folk magic

Idioms

    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)

SYNONYMS FOR folk
4. kinfolk, kin, relations, people; clan, tribe.

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British Dictionary definitions for just folks

folk

/ (fəʊk) /

noun plural folk or folks

(functioning as plural; often plural in form) people in general, esp those of a particular group or classcountry folk
(functioning as plural; usually plural in form) informal members of a family
(functioning as singular) informal short for folk music
a people or tribe
(modifier) relating to, originating from, or traditional to the common people of a countrya folk song
Derived Formsfolkish, adjectivefolkishness, noun

Word Origin for folk

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

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Word Origin and History for just folks

folk

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with just folks

just folks

Friendly, unpretentious. For example, Politicians meeting the public like to pretend they are just folks, but that's not always true. [First half of 1900s]

folk

see just folks.

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