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

Definition of folkie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a folk singer or instrumentalist


variants: or folky

Definition of folkie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to folk music

Examples of folkie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Mike Love’s folkie ode to the West Coast countryside, full of canyons, redwoods, seashells, and deer. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 3 June 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. David Canfield,, 30 Mar. 2021 Turns out Smith has been an actor, playwright and musician and even played some serious gigs, opening for legendary folkie Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2021 Fans of singer-songwriter Taylor James Donskey used to catch him at local clubs and coffeehouses, performing original folkie-country tunes or jamming with his band. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 Northwest alt-folkie Pete Droge was invited to audition to be a member of the onscreen Stillwater band. Matt Wake |, al, 18 Aug. 2020 Evoking at turns Sade and Corinne Bailey Rae, La Havas chronicles the bittersweet arc of a relationship with her alluring jazzy/folkie sound. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 7 Aug. 2020 Johnson doesn’t play with a pick or use his fingertips like a folkie. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Franti fronts Michael Franti & Spearhead, a funky, folkie reggae-rock group that has been releasing records since 1994. Gregory Thomas,, 20 Feb. 2020 This is careful, lovely, folkie rock pop, building on a lineage running from Fleetwood Mac to Haim. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of folkie


1964, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined above

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