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folk·​ie ˈfō-kē How to pronounce folkie (audio)
variants or less commonly folky
plural folkies
: a folk singer or instrumentalist


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variants or folky
: of or relating to folk music

Examples of folkie in a Sentence

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With its swirl of soul, Americana and indie rock, Denver’s platinum-selling Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats has conquered international stages all on its own, following years of Rateliff’s dues-paying folkie career. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 25 Mar. 2024 For the past decade, Kacey Musgraves has been country music’s most daring traditionalist — a small-town realist who’s also a campy country-disco queen and a folkie who once wrote a song about smoking weed with John Prine. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024 Expect nods too for Pluma, the young star of regional Mexican music, and Kahan, a foot-stomping folkie in the Lumineers/Mumford & Sons mold. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Do Souza’s material tends to be folkie, but can veer into hard rock and even screamy grunge. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 24 May 2023 Trustfall’s three credited guests—Colorado folkies The Lumineers, Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit, and country traveler Chris Stapleton—each appear on songs that show how Pink would handle a country crossover. Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2023 Peter Tork was a Greenwich Village folkie. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 An ebony-skinned girl from Detroit and a flame-haired British folkie come together in the New York music scene of the early 1970s; after two cult albums and a sudden tragedy, their brief moment fades - until a journalist with a deeply personal connection to their past decides to revisit the story. Leah Greenblatt,, 25 June 2021 His singing’s also very rhythmic, drawing from the likes of punk legends The Clash, dance-band New Order and classic-folkie Cat Stevens. Matt Wake |, al, 16 Feb. 2023
In the mid-’90s, the buzz headed south to Ludlow Street, and the East Village was left with a scattering of small folkie venues like Sidewalk Cafe and a couple of fading clubs like the latter-day Pyramid. Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Curbed, 22 Nov. 2022 The Yeahs’ Karen O and Nick Zinner had a folkie duo called Unitard. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2022 John sings it in his melancholy confessional mode, over folkie guitar picking. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2022 The chorus was Paul, but the verses started out as John in his sad confessional mode, with folkie guitar picking. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2022 Scoring a penthouse apartment in Manhattan whose only flaw is its lack of a kitchen (and folkie neighbor Laura Nyro singing late at night). Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 That infamous day: Long before the folkie establishment threatened to pull the plug at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where Dylan broke from tradition by going electric, the curtain was pulled by the principal of Hibbing High. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The Allston record store Looney Tunes continues its series of free patio shows with a triple bill featuring two locals, the gorgeously gloomy Lady Pills and the whimsical duo Houndsteeth, as well as the New York dream-folkie Carol., 10 June 2021 She’s a guitar-slinging singer/songwriter who is currently in a phase of making folkie rock, not unlike other recent Album of the Year winners, such as Beck and Kacey Musgraves. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1964, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of folkie was in 1964

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“Folkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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