plural noun
wom·​en·​folk | \ ˈwi-mən-ˌfōk How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \
variants: or less commonly womenfolks \ ˈwi-​mən-​ˌfōks How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \

Definition of womenfolk

: women

Examples of womenfolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ms Varshney is far from alone in believing that the 80% of Indians who are Hindu face a concerted, predatory effort to entice their womenfolk away from the faith. The Economist, 30 Sep. 2017 Once their families are fed, the womenfolk sell the rest of their catch from dawn to dusk from hot, dusty roadside stalls by Highway 57, a major trade route through Mexico. Phil Davison, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2017 This meant that the womenfolk wouldn’t have to rub elbows with stinky and suspicious males, and that diners would henceforth be viable date night locations (Danny and Sandy’s misadventure notwithstanding). Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of womenfolk

1729, in the meaning defined above

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“Womenfolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womenfolk. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for womenfolk


noun plural
wom·​en·​folk | \ ˈwi-mən-ˌfōk How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \
variants: or womenfolks \ -​ˌfōks \

Kids Definition of womenfolk

: women especially of one family or group

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