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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

Example Sentences

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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 Kiah, whose music has sometimes skewed a little more folkie on record, took optimum advantage of her power-trio format to rock things up just a bit more, on the Amos cover as well as elsewhere. Chris Willman, Variety, 10 July 2022 Nesmith was cast alongside fellow folkie Peter Tork, British stage actor Davy Jones, and Fifties child star Micky Dolenz, best remembered for the show Circus Boy. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2022 Hartford’s indie folkie rockers The Penniless Wild, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 26 May 2022 Birmingham chamber-rock combo Bitter Calm headlines, with local support from ambience merchants Silver Fern and indie-folkie Rita Maya Burkholder. Matt Wake |, al, 21 Jan. 2022 Nez, with his solo-folkie background, was stunned by the sight of 20,000 fans. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 The endearing folkie’s vocal quirks are appealing enough, but add in the contributions of Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Kermit and resistance is futile. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2021 Loudon, 70-something patriarch, inhabits the canopy; from folkie to singing surgeon to some measure of each, adjoining the mordant to the serious. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021
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 See More

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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 29 Mar. 2023.

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