An example of folk is saying that Amish people live a simple life; simple life of the Amish folk.
Folks around here are very friendly.
Folk culture; a folk hero.
City folks; rich folk.
City folk sometimes vacation in the country; folks differ in their tastes.
Young folk, old folk, everybody come, / To our little Sunday School and have a lot of fun.
An example of folk is the music of Bob Dylan.
- Down-to-earth, open-hearted.
- people who are regarded as simple, unassuming, not snobbish, etc.
- one's family or relatives; esp., one's parents
Origin of folk
- Middle English from Old English folc pelə-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English folk, from Old English folc, from Proto-Germanic *fulką (compare West Frisian folk, Dutch volk and German Volk), from *fulka- ("crowd, army"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁-go (compare Welsh ôl 'track', Lithuanian pulkas 'crowd', Old Church Slavonic plŭkŭ 'army division', Albanian plog 'barn, heap'; the Slavic and Lithuanian words may have been borrowed from Proto-Germanic instead). (Some have also attempted to link the word to Latin vulgus, populus or plebs.) Related to follow.