\ 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 folksy (audio) \ adverb
folksiness \ ˈfōk-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce folksy (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 By turns folksy and philosophical — and flashing a testy side at times — President Biden conducted his first formal news conference on Thursday. Los Angeles Times, "Five takeaways from Biden’s first news conference," 25 Mar. 2021 In a coaching profession that had become buttoned-up and corporate, Swinney was engaging, folksy and laid-back. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: What happened to Dabo Swinney? Even as Clemson wins, he loses with out-of-touch stances," 30 Dec. 2020 Still, as Greengrass' nomadic storyteller, the naturally folksy Hanks fits the wild Western setting. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: In throwback role, Tom Hanks helps steady wobbly Western 'News of the World'," 11 Dec. 2020 The album moved away from the upbeat and folksy pop of the group’s previous work towards something much more delicate and depressing. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 Phrases sometimes needed more expressive shape and direction, although the ensemble lent a nice graceful lilt to folksy dances. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Violinist Stefan Jackiw exuded refined nobility at Fort Worth Symphony concert," 9 Jan. 2021 On Sunday morning, two days after Christmas, the Rev. Calvin Brooks gave his holiday sermon, the folksy drawl of a lifelong Alabamian retelling the story of Jesus’ virgin birth. al, "Alabama church shares dead pastor’s last sermon: ‘Jesus first, others next, and yourself last’," 31 Dec. 2020 Instead of being an ugly American, Ted is a warm and folksy guy with a knack for human kindness. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble," 24 Nov. 2020 Some would rather hear a more conversational and folksy approach. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Fans got some good exposure to Rangers minor leaguers last season. Here are some who could arrive in 2021," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of folksy

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Mar 2021

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“Folksy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of folksy

informal : friendly or informal in manner or style

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