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or menfolks

[men-fohk] /ˈmɛnˌfoʊk/
plural noun
men, especially those belonging to a family or community:
The menfolk are all working in the fields.
Origin of menfolk
1795-1805; men + folk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The average mountain woman is as combative in spirit as her menfolk.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • The vicar moved in worlds beyond where her own menfolk existed.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The squire looked after the menfolk and saw that his tenants voted Whig or Tory, as the case might be.

    The Retrospect Ada Cambridge
  • I don't think Australians are as afraid of their menfolk as Englishwomen.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • We were surprised to find how much land had, in the continued absence of the menfolk, been cultivated by the women.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Like unto Egypt, each little village on the island had its cafés, where the menfolk gathered and drank the thick sweet coffee.

  • We menfolk oughtn't to judge a poor woman too hardly, your Reverence.

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • And aren't there women in England and France who would rather have their menfolk with me than leaning on some sodden counter?

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • And they'd serve them precisely as the Sarkian women serve their menfolk.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for menfolk


plural noun
men collectively, esp the men of a particular family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for menfolk

also men-folk "the male sex, men generally," 1802, from men + folk (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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