\ ˈfōk-sē How to pronounce folksy (audio) \
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 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

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Faux-folksy politicians like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former House speaker Paul Ryan attempt to transform their brands with a macho hairy mug—just as John Kerry and Al Gore did a few years earlier, with limited success. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Hanger is a folksy veteran legislator with a maverick streak who has been primaried before. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Republicans who helped expand Medicaid in Virginia mostly escape primary challenges," 4 June 2019 Just like a beach house can easily skew cheesy when it's covered in sand dollars and sea glass, a mountain home can get a little too folksy. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying a Mountain House to Rent on Airbnb," 20 May 2019 There are certainly no doubts now about the folksy 49-year-old coach. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Dabo Swinney fulfills promise with Clemson’s best decade," 1 Jan. 2019 Immigrants at this modest shelter run by a folksy evangelical pastor weren’t deterred by the outcry surrounding family separations that is roiling the U.S. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrants Relieved Over U.S. Policy Shift After Long Journeys to Border," 20 June 2018 In the Red Hills of Georgia on the Ochlockonee River, the town has three art galleries, an antiques market, and a folksy main street with a bookstore, a barber, and a cheese shop. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Century-Old Millpond Plantation Is the Height of Southern Charm," 19 Oct. 2018 Above is a new photo of Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, along with their two children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, all looking quite folksy there with a donkey. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Swedish Royal Family Just Released Three Perfectly Color-Coordinated Portraits," 20 Aug. 2018 The Florence and the Machine singer has cultivated a folksy look that is undeniably unique. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Florence Welch Proves She’s Still the Queen of Bohemian Style," 12 Aug. 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

informal : friendly or informal in manner or style

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