\ ˈfōk-sē How to pronounce folksy (audio) \
folksier; folksiest

Definition of folksy

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from folksy

folksily \ ˈfōk-​sə-​lē How to pronounce folksily (audio) \ adverb
folksiness \ ˈfōk-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce folksiness (audio) \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web

Carmichael carved out a career in New York and Hollywood as a singer, songwriter and a folksy character actor. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Dillinger, Dean and more: 12 famous graves in Indiana," 7 Aug. 2019 By October 1975, The New York Times was heralding his popularity in Iowa, pointing to his folksy style, agricultural roots and political prowess. Rachel Caufield, The Conversation, "How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?," 30 July 2019 His encyclopedic resume and folksy delivery have made him a darling of juries. Edmund H. Mahony,, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Through force of will, a massive infusion of personal cash and a folksy delivery that lent itself to Saturday Night Live caricature, here's what Perot brought to the national conversation. 2. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Hearing on 'kids in cages,' tour of migrant facility, free rides for UT students," 11 July 2019 The free six-week offering that ends Friday serves as part summer school, part folksy camp, and is dedicated to helping Burbank Unified students avoid summer learning loss, while also gaining confidence. Andrew J. Campa,, "Burbank YMCA summer camp aims to instruct students, win over benefactors," 11 July 2019 The music oscillates between folksy chanting and some sort of cursed Eastern European EDM; the architecture ranges from period-accurate to warehouse districts that look like abandoned lots in the American Midwest. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Replay: Welp, We Might Be Getting a Final Fantasy XIV TV Show," 28 June 2019 If nothing else, @amyklobuchar wins the first round of folksy colloquialisms that others might actually use. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Amy Klobuchar had 8 minutes, 16 seconds to speak to America. Here’s how she spent them.," 26 June 2019 But viewers can appreciate what the writer and director Ari Aster has hidden in plain sight: a folksy slasher film with a wry sense of humor, playing out in unending daylight. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is a Sun-Drenched Horror Triumph," 2 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'folksy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of folksy

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about folksy

Statistics for folksy

Last Updated

16 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for folksy

The first known use of folksy was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for folksy



English Language Learners Definition of folksy

informal : friendly or informal in manner or style

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on folksy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for folksy

Spanish Central: Translation of folksy

Nglish: Translation of folksy for Spanish Speakers

Comments on folksy

What made you want to look up folksy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a usually brief trip or an expedition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!