• He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289
    He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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"
    • n folks your parents "he wrote to his folks every day"
    • ***

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)
    • Folks (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."
    • Folks 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."
    • Folks The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all well.
    • ***


  • Kin Hubbard
    “Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable.”
  • 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.”
  • Josh Billings
    “The trouble with most folks ain't so much their ignorance as knowing so many things that ain't so.”


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,


In literature:

Old folks dozed, babies fretted, young folks twisted and squirmed in the straight-backed benches.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And the folk were a fair folk, the women goodly and the men free and bold.
"The Sundering Flood" by William Morris
Folks don't go holiday-ing with faces as long as your arm.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Some folks haven't no calculation.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
A man can preach and fight and write books and make folk listen.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
The boy was afraid of his father himself, but he liked to see him send other folk to the right about.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Oh, 'tain't the gentleman you came here with, and the superintendent said was one o' the best connected folks in Boston.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
Us Wattses is plain folks an' don't pile on no dog.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Poor folk seek meat for their stamacks, and rich folk stamacks for their meat.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
All he does in heah is eat you po' an' wake folks up.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
I feel so queer with so many folks staring at us as if we'd done something bad!
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
The Bucknors live at Buck Hill and are about the swellest folk in Kentucky.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Dretful good to children and sick folks and them that wuz in trouble, Faith wuz.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
Oh, what a horrid place, what horrid folks, what a perfectly fiendish cat!
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Gittin' light in the east, ain't it, folks?
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
My folks used ter dwell in Kaintuck onc't but hit war afore my own day.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
The famous Petrie collection of Irish Folk-tunes should also be consulted.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
I's seen folks with the fever jump from their bed with death on 'em and grab other folks.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
These are greatly engaged to see more of you, and I cannot consent to have my young women-folk disappointed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He uster preach to de white folks in de mornin' and de cullud folks in de afternoons.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

We all liked Mister Thomas,
He was so kind at heart;
And when the young folkes got in scrapes,
He always took their part.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
We watched the London trains go by
Full of the weary folk,
Who travelled back that Sunday night
To six more days of smoke.
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West
Neber min' your manhoods risin'
So you habe a way to stay it.
Neber min' folks' good opinion
So you habe a way to slay it.
"The Don't-Care Negro" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr
And messages from shipwrecked folk
Will navigate the moon-led main,
And painted boards of splintered oak
Their port regain.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
From lowered blinds the dark folk stare
And here the fair folk talk,
Indignant that these two should dare
In unison to walk.
"Tableau" by Countee Cullen
Her own land and folk were afar,
She must have gone astray,
But the gods had given a silver star,
To be with her on the way.
"Lines In Memory Of Edmund Morris" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Those same folks might not like it that big bluegills are called "bulls" but I know how to change their mind.
2008 Bluegrass, Country, & Folk Marathon.
KKUP RADIO FUNDRAISING MARATHON KKUP will sponsor its annual Folk, Bluegrass & Country Marathon.
2007 Bluegrass, Country, & Folk Marathon.
The truth behind the phrase "starving artist" scares a lot of otherwise artistically inclined folks away pursuing an arts career.
Rich Waxler is looking for some folks interested in playing a new sport.
Elizabeth Warren is offering the chance for folks to outsmart her policy team.
"I'm tired of pleasing white folks".
Contemporary folk musician and singer/songwriter performs.
Gogol Bordello + Ramblin Jack Elliot + Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival.
Gogol Bordello performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival on July 30, 2011.
The folks at Bose really know how to shrink a product while maintaining big sound.
Try this idea from the folks at Camphacker to fill them up: Send an email inviting a first-session camper to come back for another session — at a discounted rate.
Folks, let's face it, there are only two kinds of sports fans.
A few weeks back, the folks at Marquette sent over this video of Junior Cadougan "performing" -- or, more accurately, unrecognizably screeching while wearing headphones -- the Mariah Carey pop classic "Always Be My Baby".

In science:

The tendency of the metaphysical literature on persistence to invoke “folk physics” and classical mechanics, but to set aside relativity theory and quantum theory, suggests that (Bracket) is widespread.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Convergence towards the optimal solution may require such a huge amount of time that the folk theorem becomes useless.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Chhikara and Folks explored the sampling theory inference for the distribution in great detail over several publications culminating in a review paper (Folks & Chhikara, 1978).
Bayesian Estimation of Inverse Gaussian Distribution
They also proposed it as a lifetime model and suggested its application in situations where the initial failure rate is high (Chhikara & Folks, 1977).
Bayesian Estimation of Inverse Gaussian Distribution
In this section, we consider a real data set initially analysed by Chhikara & Folks (1977).
Bayesian Estimation of Inverse Gaussian Distribution
Among the previous works done on this data set, Chhikara & Folks (1977) obtained unbiased and maximum likelihood estimation of IG parameters and showed that the IG model is a good fit to the data using Kolmogorov–Smirnov test.
Bayesian Estimation of Inverse Gaussian Distribution
Unfortunately, this fact belongs to the “folk wisdom”, and there is no clear reference to the proof.
Critical circle maps near bifurcation
B -band LF are available from the Stromlo-APM Survey (SAPM, Loveday et al., 1992), the Southern Sky Redshift Survey (Da Costa et al., 1994), the CfA2 redshift survey (Marzke et al., 1994), and more recently from the ESO Slice Pro ject (Zucca et al., 1997) and the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (Folkes et al., 1999).
On the CCD Calibration of Zwicky galaxy magnitudes & The Properties of Nearby Field Galaxies
One piece of “folk wisdom” is that the largest mass extracted from the fit is some average over the truncated states, and hence is unphysical.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
Since then, this question has been mentioned in a variety of different sources ([Gr2], [L], [Sa], [CF1]), and has become a well-known “folk conjecture.” The purpose of this paper is to answer this conjecture in the affirmative.
Simplicial volume of closed locally symmetric spaces of non-compact type
Presumably in consultation with the folks who designed Mickey Rooney’s shoes.
Astrophysics in 2005
The didn’t your mother tell you to say please and thank you award to half a dozen examples each of folks or papers who should have been cited but were not and of folks who should have been consulted and thanked but were not.
Astrophysics in 2006
Each year, anything from 10 to 50 folks respond to requests for suggestions of highlights of the past year.
Astrophysics in 2006
We suspect that the conclusion that the comet was back to normal only six days afterwards was reached by folks who weren’t there at the time (Schleicher et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Folk theorems on the determinization and minimization of timed automata.
Off-line test selection with test purposes for non-deterministic timed automata