[ fohk ]
/ foʊk /
Usually folks. (used with a plural verb) people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer.
Often folks. (used with a plural verb) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.
(used with a plural verb) people as the carriers of culture, especially as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition.
- members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France.
- one's parents: Will your folks let you go?
Archaic. a people or tribe.
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.
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for just folks
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with just folks (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with just folks (2 of 2)
see just folks.
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