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[tounz-fohk] /ˈtaʊnzˌfoʊk/
plural noun
Origin of townsfolk
1730-40; town + 's1 + folk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Graham and I set off at once, and as soon as we met any townsfolk they began crying to me that I was to be arrested.

    Vailima Letters Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The townsfolk were terrified with the din and blaze of fire.

  • The Wahabees and other tribes had met in deliberation, while the lower classes of the townsfolk were creating noise and confusion.

    Travels in Arabia Bayard Taylor
  • His idealism had made him ridiculous in the eyes of the townsfolk.

    Gulmore, The Boss Frank Harris
  • After a year at sea his godfather, driven by the opinion of the townsfolk, put the boy to school once more.

  • All the same, the corn was not forthcoming, and the townsfolk suffered from famine.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • To attack such a town some weeks after the townsfolk had received warning of their intentions would have been worse than useless.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield

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