or work·folks

See more synonyms for workfolk on

Origin of workfolk

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at work, folk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for workfolk

proletariat, proles, workfolk, workpeople

Examples from the Web for workfolk

Historical Examples of workfolk

  • To take an instance: There are clothes and shows and so forth, with which I must provide my workfolk.

  • 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.

  • But the act of the Lancashire workfolk was done in cold blood, and in defiance of every natural impulse.

British Dictionary definitions for workfolk


informal, US workfolks

pl n
  1. working people, esp labourers on a farm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012