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n. pl. folk or folks
a. The common people of a society or region considered as the representatives of a traditional way of life and especially as the originators or carriers of the customs, beliefs, and arts that make up a distinctive culture: a leader who came from the folk.
b. Archaic A nation; a people.
2. folks Informal People in general: Folks around here are very friendly.
3. often folks People of a specified group or kind: city folks; rich folk.
4. folks Informal
a. One's parents: My folks are coming for a visit.
b. The members of one's family or childhood household; one's relatives.
Of, occurring in, or originating among the common people: folk culture; a folk hero.
just folks Informal
Down-to-earth, open-hearted.

[Middle English, from Old English folc; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]



Folk and folks are sometimes used to refer to particular groups of people. Both these words are plural nouns. You always use a plural form of a verb with them.

1. 'folk'

Folk is sometimes used with a modifier to refer to all the people who have a particular characteristic.

Country folk are a suspicious lot.
She was like all the old folk, she did everything in strict rotation.

However, this is not a common use. You usually say country people or old people, rather than 'country folk' or 'old folk'.

2. 'folks'

Your folks are your close family, especially your mother and father. This usage is more common in American English than in British English.

I don't even have time to write letters to my folks.
Vera's visiting her folks up in Paducah.

Some people use folks when addressing a group of people in an informal way. This use is more common in American English than in British English.

That's all for tonight, folks.
They saw me drive out of town taking you folks up to McCaslin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folks - your parents; "he wrote to his folks every day"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
kin group, kindred, kinship group, clan, kin, tribe - group of people related by blood or marriage
2.folks - people in general (often used in the plural)folks - 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"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
country people, countryfolk - people raised in or living in a rural environment; rustics
gentlefolk - people of good family and breeding and high social status
grass roots - the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
home folk - folks from your own home town
ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rabble - disparaging terms for the common people
pleb, plebeian - one of the common people
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(fouk) noun plural
(especially American folks) people. The folk in this town are very friendly.
(of the traditions) of the common people of a country. folk customs; folk dance; folk music.
folks noun plural
one's family. My folks all live nearby.
ˈfolklore noun
the study of the customs, beliefs, stories, traditions etc of a particular people. the folklore of the American Indians.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, sir, he seems a little lonely, and young folks would do him good perhaps.
We ain't going to keep on being queer and have folks staring and listening.
Bless your soul, Miss Carr, folks like you and me don't need to have them things explained.
These sour-tempered folks are mostly handy at business, and know pretty well what they are about.
In addition to his other vocations, he was the singing- master of the neighborhood, and picked up many bright shillings by instructing the young folks in psalmody.
But be easy, be easy, this here harpooneer I have been tellin' you of has just arrived from the south seas, where he bought up a lot of 'balmed New Zealand heads (great curios, you know), and he's sold all on 'em but one, and that one he's trying to sell to-night, cause to-morrow's Sunday, and it would not do to be sellin' human heads about the streets when folks is goin' to churches.
Now, for most folks one pair of legs lasts a lifetime, and that must be because they use them mercifully, as a tender-hearted old lady uses her roly-poly old coach-horses.
I couldn't whistle if I crawled over my work as some folks do
The young men, who for the most part have been huddled near the door, summon their resolution and advance; and the shrinking Jurgis is poked and scolded by the old folks until he consents to seat himself at the right hand of the bride.
Some folks don't believe there is pious niggers Shelby," said Haley, with a candid flourish of his hand, "but I do.
Dah, now--de preacher said it his own self, en it ain't no sin, 'ca'se white folks done it.
But there might be such a thing as a man's soul being loose from his body, and going out and in, like a bird out of its nest and back; and that was how folks got over-wise, for they went to school in this shell-less state to those who could teach them more than their neighbours could learn with their five senses and the parson.