\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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Guitarist and lead singer Chris Porterfield exuded folksy charm as he and his bandmates, including Milwaukee’s Devin Dobka on drums and Tom Wincek on keyboards, cruised through songs from their new album, Summertime Songs. Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 1 music," 7 July 2018 Apologies, but a conversation with Bobby and Nancy Leonard is a trip down a winding road, with beautiful vistas and unexpected corners and that folksy Indiana voice of Slick’s coming from the car stereo. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bobby and Nancy Leonard's love story helped save the Indiana Pacers," 27 June 2018 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

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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