plural noun
towns·folk | \ˈtau̇nz-ˌfōk \

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Even Antelopians felt they had always been talked about as these redneck bigots who are conservative townsfolk that just didn't like the Rajneeshees because of their religion. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wild Wild Country' Filmmakers Reveal the One Person Who Refused to Be Interviewed," 1 June 2018 The elated townsfolk quickly anoint SpongeBob their savior. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 This was my favorite because townsfolk (towns-critters?) cheerily walked right through the tennis game and didn’t mind at all being hit. Todd Martens,, "'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition," 12 July 2018 His opportunity comes when a nearby volcano, Mount Humongous, begins rumbling menacingly, prompting the townsfolk to respond to the crisis in various suboptimal ways. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 Days pass in Stardew Valley over a matter of minutes, and there are many ways to spend them: Getting to know townsfolk, growing crops, working in mines. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "10 Short Video Games to Take on Vacation," 4 July 2018 The foursome becomes a bickering, Gatorade-drinking Scooby gang out to solve the murders while also dealing with other townsfolk, including Mila’s crush (who's also Riley’s big brother), a nosy school newspaper reporter and a pack of biker ladies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 That’s more than can be said for the white townsfolk, who seethe and tremble from a careful distance. Justin Chang,, "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'," 28 June 2018 Karen and Dill are in their own personal hell, fraught with abusive partners, townsfolk with hidden agendas, and moral conundrums., "A Round Of Applause For Anne Hathaway & Matthew McConaughey’s New Thriller," 7 June 2018

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1592, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of townsfolk

: the people who live in a town

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