plural noun
men·​folk | \ ˈmen-ˌfōk How to pronounce menfolk (audio) \
variants: or menfolks \ ˈmen-​ˌfōks How to pronounce menfolks (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 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 But the novel does not cast Nora as a vulnerable woman on the edge of the frontier abandoned by her menfolk. Chanelle Benz, New York Times, "Téa Obreht Reinvents the Western Novel — and Brings Camels," 12 Aug. 2019 Recipes were a selling point for the menfolk of the village. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 As Jason kills time before his date, the menfolk sit around the hotel, which did not pay to have its name broadcast on the show. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Everybody Hates Chris," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of menfolk

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Menfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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