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[men-fohk] /ˈmɛnˌfoʊk/
plural noun
men, especially those belonging to a family or community:
The menfolk are all working in the fields.
Also, menfolks.
Origin of menfolk
1795-1805; men + folk Unabridged
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  • Noting that their menfolk got better jobs if they were more highly educated, they piled into the colleges.
  • For a show about housewives, it seems more focused on menfolk than friendship between females.
  • Apples offered a source of income and provided the family with fruit and the menfolk with cider to help with the haying.
British Dictionary definitions for menfolk


plural noun
men collectively, esp the men of a particular family
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Word Origin and History for menfolk

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

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