\ ˈfōk-sē \
folksier; folksiest

Definition of folksy 

2 : informal, casual, or familiar in manner or style folksy humor

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Other words from folksy

folksily \ˈfōk-sə-lē \ adverb
folksiness \ˈfōk-sē-nəs \ noun

Examples of folksy in a Sentence

an entertainer with a folksy manner a folksy manner that gives television viewers the feeling that they're visiting with a friend for an hour

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Late in the campaign and seeking to reverse the polls, Meade has changed style, adopting a more folksy manner and even tossing off some mild vulgarity. Maria Verza, Fox News, "Ruling party's Meade banking on upset in Mexico election," 26 June 2018 Add a little island pride to that folksy sensibility, and suddenly everyone is related when a kid from Ewa Beach shocks the country with one of the most stunning plays in college football history. Michael Casagrande,, "Alabama 2018 homecoming date set," 26 Feb. 2018 Even then, his folksy demeanor garnered significant attention. New York Times, "Can’t Sleep? Let Bob Ross Help You Find Some Happy Little Zzzs," 12 June 2018 At freewheeling town-hall meetings, O’Rourke espouses gun control, single-payer health care, and other progressive positions, sprinkling his speeches with folksy anecdotes and occasional profanity. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 Heynderickx has a knack for hitting folksy cliches dead-on for true believers, then sliding off of them just enough to keep others interested. Noah Berlatsky, Chicago Reader, "Folk musician Haley Heynderickx cultivates a different garden," 5 July 2018 But this time around, his folksy brand of leftist, Mexico-first rhetoric looks to be a winner: he is projected to take twice as many votes as his nearest rival. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 Or how about quilt-like patchwork for a folksy take on the festivities? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Independent Woman’s Guide to Independence Day Dressing," 28 June 2018 Hitt observed the lawyer’s tall, folksy charisma in all its ragged glory, from his dusty black shoes to the silk top hat in which Lincoln carried his case notes. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "Honest Abe is courtroom star in Dan Abrams' entertaining history, 'Lincoln's Last Trial'," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of folksy

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of folksy was in 1852

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English Language Learners Definition of folksy

: friendly or informal in manner or style

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