• He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289
    He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n folk the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
    • n folk 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"
    • n folk people descended from a common ancestor "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
    • n folk a social division of (usually preliterate) people
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

He asks folks to step into the stove He asks folks to step into the stove
I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
The Little Folks Humane Society The Little Folks Humane Society

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joan of Arc was actually burned alive as a witch in 1431, and only considered a saint in the 20th century. (Them folks must be pissed to hear that)
    • Folk (Eng. Hist) In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe. "The organization of each folk , as such, sprang mainly from war."
    • Folk People in general, or a separate class of people; -- generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old folks; poor folks. "In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire
      With good old folks , and let them tell thee tales."
    • Folk The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all well.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
    • n folk People, considered either distributively or collectively. Specifically— People in general; persons regarded individually: used in a plural sense either as folk or folks.
    • n folk plural Persons mentally classed together as forming a special group: with a qualifying adjective or clause: in this use chiefly colloquial and generally in the form folks; as, old folks; young folks; poor folks.
    • n folk The people as an aggregate; the common people: in this use without a plural form.
    • n folk An aggregate or corporate body of persons; a people; a nation: as singular folk, as plural folks (but rare in the plural).
    • n folk plural friends: as, we are not folks now.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The painting, "American Gothic" depicts the sister and the dentist of artist Grant Wood as rural farm folk.
    • n Folk fōk people, collectively or distributively: a nation or race (rarely in pl.): :
    • Folk generally used in pl. Folk or Folks (fōks)
    • n Folk fōk (arch.) the people, commons
    • n Folk fōk (pl.) those of one's own family, relations (coll.)
    • ***


  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are.”
  • George Eliot
    “We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.”
  • Lillian Smith
    Lillian Smith
    “Rich folks always talk hard times.”
  • Charles Edwin Carruthers
    Charles Edwin Carruthers
    “In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “My God, these folks don't know how to love -- that's why they love so easily.”


Different ropes for different folks - (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
Different strokes for different folks - (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. folc,; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel. fōlk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas, crowd, and perh. to E. follow,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. folc; Ice. fólk; Ger. volk.


In literature:

Yo' pa, he got de idee dat some folks is good ez yuther folks; but Miss Sally, she know better.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Nothing can be more charming than the unconscious generosity of simple folk.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Do you aim to let folks run on you all yore life?
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Now, doing things for other folks ain't one of Pinckney's strong points, as a rule.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
The dead is all other folks's dead, an' the livin' is all other folks's folks.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Don't it look like folks ought 'o hold on to their bodies as long as other folks holds on to a piece o' the dresses they used to wear?
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Some folks can go gadding around in automobuls, and some folks has to stay at home.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
There are loads of ways for smart folks to dodge trouble and our folks are smart.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
You folks that have nothin' but your teams an' wagons can load th' family in an' get away.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Women-folks all in the sitting-room then.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
There are Negro Folk Rhyme Dance Songs and Negro Folk Dance Rhymes.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Guess it ain't no use in old folks figgerin' out fer young folks.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
They are, I should think, the very nicest folks you ever saw.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
And Jacob's one of your folks, and you'd be mad if I told you all that folks say.
"David Fleming's Forgiveness" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Now can any man tell what it is in folks that causeth other folks to fancy them?
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
If one could talk to these outlandish folks, there'd be more sense in it.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
My folks did not talk up people's age like folks do dese days.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Like all the other professional folk of Algonquin, Lawyer Ed lived up on the hill to the north of the town.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
There were certainly no straight lines for the men-folk to walk after leaving the saloon at night for their homes.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The crowds of elegant equipages, filled with handsome lookin' folks in galy attire that thronged them roads.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley

In poetry:

There I was, that came of
Folk of mud and name-
I that had my name of
Them without a name.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
Why is Proculeius known
From Elmira to Malone?
For his money? Don't upset me!
For his love of folks--you get me?
"That For Money!" by Franklin Pierce Adams
How wonderful, that
Her heart
Should show me kindness;
And of all the numberless folk,
Grief should not touch me.
"How wonderful" by Saigyo
O, is it not a burning shame,
That any folks with such a name
For science and philosophy,
To thus regard My Policy.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell
No, no; the words I will not say
With the responding folk;
I at his feet a heart would lay,
Not shoulders for a yoke.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I'd liefer bide wi' my gaffer vans
An' travel fra' sea to sea;
What 'ud I do wi' sarvin' folk
Who are used to t' Quality!
"Yorkshire Gypsy" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

Many folks are feeling dubious that the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight will ever occur, and this hardens the fight-game cynics that much more, because it's a no-brainer of a bout .
Some of the musicians who will be performing at the Joe Davies Folk Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 15-16, 2012.
In this folk tale from India, the underdog saves the day.
Folks who missed the outstanding New Orleans Jazz Fest set by local superstars The Stooges Brass Band also missed one of the day's biggest collective chuckles -- or were those gasps.
Young folks ask us how we have made it this long.
I've seen folks with the simple grill & eat mentality too.
Northampton local indie rock band mixes punk and folk.
Many folks who grew up in the muscle car era believe that a real performance car needs to have a big-block, and it needs to have a manual transmission.
Yes, that's right, folks, it's dancing animals week here at
CINCINNATI — The folks looking up from the bottom of the Big East will have a lot to say about who stays at the top.
There will be lots of folks questioning the Orioles for their early August call-up of hotshot prospect Manny Machado.
It has always been a blessing to live in an area such as Southeast Texas where outdoors folks have access to both hunting and fishing that is first class.
We'll play indie rock, glam, folk, new wave and so much more.
Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling.
At the Buckhorn, Singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson kicks off indie, folk series.

In science:

Fisher’s method is ABO [Littell and Folks, 1971, Littell and Folks, 1973], but there are many other ABO unweighted methods. [Berk and Cohen, 1979] is particularly interesting because it considers weighted methods as well.
Annotated Bibliography of Some Papers on Combining Significances or p-values
As far as the peak-height fluctuations are concerned, predictions (Jalabert et al. 1992) based on the so called “constant-interaction model” appeared to fit the distributions measured in the earlier set of experiments (Chang et al. 1996, Folk et al. 1996).
Many-Body Physics and Quantum Chaos
More systematic studies of ground-state spins were later performed using stronger in-plane magnetic field coupled to the spin of the electrons through Zeeman effect (Rokhinson et al. 2001, Folk et al. 2001, Lindemann et al. 2002).
Many-Body Physics and Quantum Chaos
We refer to Kempthorne and Folks (1971) for important discussions on the evaluation of p-values.
Significance tests for comparing digital gene expression profiles
Linneaus merely formalized traditional European folk classifications.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
All this time we have been fooled, folks! At least now we know it. D.
Fusion11 Conference Summary
Folk theorems on the determinization and minimization of timed automata.
Off-line test selection with test purposes for non-deterministic timed automata
STINO, from stinknormal, name of new popular music phenomenon in Germany, celebrating traditional melodies and folk songs.
Comments on Initial Value Formulation
Using a principal component analysis (PCA) to classify the galaxies into 5 spectral types (Folkes et al. 1999), it is clear that this is the result of a general steepening of the faint end for later-type galaxies, which dominate the population at lower luminosities.
Redshift Surveys and Cosmology
Moser G., Folk R., Flossmann G. unpublished. R.
Critical light scattering in liquids
There is a folk theorem which says that in theories with factorizable S-matrices the semi-classical treatment of the corresponding field theory is exact.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
The possibility to smooth these topological results or continuous elements, have remained as an open folk question since its publication.
Smooth globally hyperbolic splittings and temporal functions
Thanks to Linus Schrage and the gentle folk at Lindo Systems for their help.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
Hardy spaces are interpolating for L2 a,w as well. (For example, this follows from [29, p. 23] by recalling the fact which is a “‘folk knowledge”: the pointwise multipliers of L2 a,w into itself are precisely the bounded analytic functions.) This interpolation result can be extended for the other values of p > 1.
On Blaschke products with derivatives in Bergman spaces with normal weights
The study of time dependent quadratic Hamiltonians is quite complex and has brought a great deal of attention see , and references therein, see also for a nice discussion on this type of Hamiltonians consider “folk wisdow”.
On Schroedinger Equation with Time-Dependent Quadratic Hamiltonian in $R^d$