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 The menfolk dispatched, the plotters were then to murder all the women and children. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2022 Out in the countryside, villages are still run by de facto councils of local menfolk, whose handshake deals and wink-nudge gambling debts carry more weight than the strict rule of law. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Across three generations, the Irish women in this novel endure the self-centeredness of their menfolk. The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 4 Dec. 2020 For some, though, this little innovation in their lives was brought in by the menfolk. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 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, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of menfolk

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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