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[fohk-see] /ˈfoʊk si/
adjective, folksier, folksiest.
friendly or neighborly; sociable.
very informal; familiar; unceremonious:
The politician affected a folksy style.
belonging to the common people, especially in regard to a conscious use of mannerisms, speech patterns, attitudes, etc.:
folksy humor.
Origin of folksy
1850-55, Americanism; folks + -y1, or folk + -sy
Related forms
folksiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for folksy
  • Most are not folksy wagons but motor homes with satellite dishes bolted onto the aluminum siding.
  • His voice is mellifluous and folksy, his cadence slow and thoughtful.
  • His sermons are conversational, delivered in a folksy, raspy voice.
  • Both are idealists rather than pragmatists, and skilled at folksy populism.
  • He was an extremely versatile and productive author who was particularly well known for his folksy humor.
  • Quickly, his wise cracks and folksy observations became more prized by audiences than his expert roping.
  • Her folksy style settles you in quickly for a homespun tour of the area and it's amazing history.
  • He had a witty sense of humor coupled with his own folksy sayings.
  • He also won notice for his folksy stories and down-home wit.
  • Even now, every president is accused of either being arrogant or being too folksy.
British Dictionary definitions for folksy


adjective -sier, -siest
of or like ordinary people; sometimes used derogatorily to describe affected simplicity
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) friendly; affable
of or relating to folk art
Derived Forms
folksiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for folksy

"sociable, unpretentious," 1852, U.S. colloquial, from folks + -y (2).

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