Definitions for folkfoʊk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folk, folks, common people(noun)

    people in general (often used in the plural)

    "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"

  2. tribe, folk(noun)

    a social division of (usually preliterate) people

  3. family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry(noun)

    people descended from a common ancestor

    "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

  4. folk music, ethnic music, folk(noun)

    the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community


  1. folk(Noun)

    A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.

  2. folk(Noun)

    The inhabitants of a region especially the native inhabitants.

  3. folk(Noun)

    Oneu2019s relatives especially oneu2019s parents.

  4. folk(Noun)

    Folk music.

  5. folk(Noun)

    People in general.

  6. folk(Noun)

    A particular group of people.

  7. folk(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.

  8. folk(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.

  9. Origin: folc, from fulkan (compare West Frisian folk, volk and Volk), from pl̥h₁-go (compare ôl 'track', pulkas 'crowd', plŭkŭ 'army division', plog 'barn, heap'). Related to follow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Folk

    alt. of Folks


  1. Folk

    The English word Folk is derived from a Germanic noun, *fulka meaning "people" or "army". The English word folk has cognates in most of the other Germanic languages. Folk may be a Germanic root that is unique to the Germanic languages, although Latin vulgus, "the common people", has been suggested as a possible cognate.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4616

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2391

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Nouns Frequency: #1540

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Hardy:

    Some folk want their luck buttered.

  2. Sir Thomas Beecham:

    Try everything once except incest and folk dancing.

  3. Henry Louis Mencken:

    The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

  4. Rick Ector:

    One reason to carry a firearm is to protect yourself from the violent behavior of anti-gun folk.

  5. Charlotte Perkins Gilman:

    The people people have for friends You common sense appall But the people people marry Are the queerest folk of all.

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