plural noun

towns·​folk ˈtau̇nz-ˌfōk How to pronounce townsfolk (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But Linklater, reuniting with the star of his earlier, gentler School of Rock, gets real satirical bite from the material, in part by playfully mixing in documentary interviews with the real Tiede's real neighbors and fellow townsfolk. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 4 Apr. 2023 Stop by to see the town smithy pump the mighty bellows, making utensils used by the local townsfolk. Melanie Savage,, 7 Sep. 2021 The dead person’s family members often got sick and died, suggesting supernatural interference to townsfolk. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 2 Sep. 2014 Ruthie Ann Miles is similarly heartbreaking as the despondent and mysterious Beggar Woman, who feverishly warns townsfolk about mischief afoot. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2023 Colin Farrell stars as Pádraic, a sweet but dull dairy farmer content to spend his days greeting townsfolk with his cherished donkey, Jenny, and grabbing a pint every afternoon with his best friend, the reserved Colm (played by Brendan Gleeson). Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2022 As the Akron Beacon Journal would note, the townsfolk snickered at the irony. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, 25 Feb. 2023 Groundhog meat eventually left the menu of Punxsutawney establishments as the townsfolk realized his worth. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 1 Feb. 2023 Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes him to a scene where the townsfolk are celebrating the death of a disliked man who turns out to be, spoiler alert, Scrooge himself. Joey Morona, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of townsfolk was in 1592

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“Townsfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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noun plural
towns·​folk ˈtau̇nz-ˌfōk How to pronounce townsfolk (audio)

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