plural noun
men·​folk | \ ˈmen-ˌfōk How to pronounce menfolk (audio) \
variants: or menfolks \ ˈmen-​ˌfōks How to pronounce menfolk (audio) \

Definition of menfolk

1 : men in general
2 : the men of a family or community

Examples of menfolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For over two decades, this group of female survivors have used peaceful protest and the power of mothers’ love to keep the memory of their menfolk alive, search for their bodies and seek justice and truth. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie Talks to Director Jasmila Zbanic About Quo Vadis, Aida? and the Role of Art in Healing Trauma," 8 Mar. 2021 Gender disparity is a heavy anchor and the menfolk often treat her as an inferior incapable of holding a thoughtful conversation, let alone as an author. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How ‘Dickinson’ perfected its 21st-century love letter to a 19th-century poet," 26 Feb. 2021 But there is a fine line here which, when crossed, can make these announcements feel patronizing, like the menfolk have generously offered us a prize undeserved. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Are Biden's 'first woman' picks more patronizing than progress?," 4 Dec. 2020 For some, though, this little innovation in their lives was brought in by the menfolk. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Urban India has found the perfect symbol for its lockdown purgatory: a mop," 14 May 2020 In 1617, the menfolk of an isolated Norwegian hamlet have just set off on a whaling expedition when a tempest swamps their boat, drowning every one of them. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Review: Matriarchy under siege in Kiran Millwood Hargrave's chilling 'The Mercies'," 10 Feb. 2020 All the menfolk move swiftly to retrieve the fallen tongs and to assure themselves that the Dowager has not been gravely injured in the incident. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "What Is a Hit?: “Downton” vs. “Rambo”," 24 Sep. 2019 As the water in her barrel ebbs dangerously low, and her menfolk fail to return to replenish it, Nora’s denial slowly disintegrates, and her story radically changes shape. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Téa Obreht Considers the Camel," 28 Aug. 2019 The spirit of sharing was not foreign to the menfolk, either. Chris Willman,, "What Woodstock could learn from the Newport Folk Festival," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of menfolk

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of menfolk

old-fashioned + humorous : the men of a family, town, etc.


noun plural
men·​folk | \ ˈmen-ˌfōk How to pronounce menfolk (audio) \
variants: or menfolks \ -​ˌfōks \

Kids Definition of menfolk

: the men of a family or community

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