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or men·folks

plural noun
  1. men, especially those belonging to a family or community: The menfolk are all working in the fields.
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Origin of menfolk

First recorded in 1795–1805; men + folk
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Examples from the Web for menfolk

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  • The vicar moved in worlds beyond where her own menfolk existed.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • And they'd serve them precisely as the Sarkian women serve their menfolk.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • And we are bound to say that in accuracy of aim Mrs. S. was not behind the menfolk.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh

  • I guess we menfolk will have to pull together in self-defence.

  • I don't think Australians are as afraid of their menfolk as Englishwomen.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

British Dictionary definitions for menfolk


sometimes US menfolks

pl n
  1. men collectively, esp the men of a particular family
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Word Origin and History for menfolk


also men-folk "the male sex, men generally," 1802, from men + folk (n.).

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