or work·folks

[ wurk-fohk ]
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plural noun
  1. people who work for a wage, salary, commission, etc., especially rural or agricultural employees.

Origin of workfolk

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at work, folk

Words Nearby workfolk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use workfolk in a sentence

  • Tess waited outside the door of the farmhouse till the group of workfolk had received their wages, and then Marian introduced her.

  • The voices and laughs of the workfolk eating and drinking under the rick came to her as if they were a quarter of a mile off.

  • The other workfolk were by this time all gathered under the rick, where the loose straw formed a comfortable retreat.

  • "We workfolk shall have some lordly junketing to-night," said Cainy Ball, casting forth his thoughts in a new direction.

  • No saint or philosopher ever betrayed a greater fortitude than these poor and simple workfolk.

British Dictionary definitions for workfolk


informal, US workfolks

/ (ˈwɜːkˌfəʊk) /

pl n
  1. working people, esp labourers on a farm

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