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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English folk, from Old English folc, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

folk (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.
  2. Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.
  3. (architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles.
  4. Believed or transmitted by the common people; not academically correct or rigorous.
    folk psychology; folk linguistics

NounEdit

folk (plural folk or folks)

  1. (archaic) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.
    • J. R. Green
      The organization of each folk, as such, sprang mainly from war.
  2. The inhabitants of a region, especially the native inhabitants.
    • 1907, Race Prejudice, Jean Finot, page 251:
      We thus arrive at a most unexpected imbroglio. The French have become a Germanic folk and the Germanic folk have become Gaulish!
  3. (plural only, plural: folks) One’s relatives, especially one’s parents.
  4. (music) Folk music.
  5. (plural only) People in general.
    Young folk, old folk, everybody come, / To our little Sunday School and have a lot of fun.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      “[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes [] . And then, when you see [the senders], you probably find that they are the most melancholy old folk with malignant diseases. […]”
  6. (plural only) A particular group of people.

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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse fólk, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɔlk/, [fʌlˀɡ̊]

NounEdit

folk n (singular definite folket, plural indefinite folk)

  1. people
  2. men
  3. crew
InflectionEdit
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From English folk (folk music).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɔvɡ/, [fʌwɡ̊]

NounEdit

folk c (singular definite folken, not used in plural form)

  1. folk music (contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music)

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FinnishEdit

NounEdit

folk

  1. (music) folk, folk music

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of folk (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative folk folkit
genitive folkin folkien
partitive folkia folkeja
illative folkiin folkeihin
singular plural
nominative folk folkit
accusative nom. folk folkit
gen. folkin
genitive folkin folkien
partitive folkia folkeja
inessive folkissa folkeissa
elative folkista folkeista
illative folkiin folkeihin
adessive folkilla folkeilla
ablative folkilta folkeilta
allative folkille folkeille
essive folkina folkeina
translative folkiksi folkeiksi
instructive folkein
abessive folkitta folkeitta
comitative folkeineen

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fólk, folk, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

NounEdit

folk n (definite singular folket, indefinite plural folk, definite plural folka or folkene)

  1. a people
  2. people in general
  3. folk

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fólk, folk.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

folk n (definite singular folket, indefinite plural folk, definite plural folka)

  1. people
    Folk er rare.
    People are strange.
    Nordmennene er eit rart folk.
    The Norwegians are a strange people.

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Old DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *fulką.

NounEdit

folk n

  1. people, folk

DescendantsEdit


Old FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *fulką.

NounEdit

folk n

  1. people, folk

DeclensionEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • North Frisian:
    Föhr-Amrum: folk
  • Saterland Frisian: Foulk
  • West Frisian: folk

Old SaxonEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *fulką.

NounEdit

folk n

  1. people, folk

DeclensionEdit


DescendantsEdit

  • Middle Low German: volk
    • Low German:
      • German Low German:
        Hamburgisch: Volk
      • Westphalian:
        Ravensbergisch-Lippisch: Folk
        Sauerländisch: Volk
        Westmünsterländisch: Volk
    • Plautdietsch: Volkj

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English folk.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

folk m (uncountable)

  1. (music) folk music (contemporary music in traditional style)

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ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English folc, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

NounEdit

folk (plural folks)

  1. people, folk

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

English

NounEdit

folk m (uncountable)

  1. folk (music)

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fólk, folk, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

folk n

  1. (uncountable) people in general, humans
  2. a people, a nation; in compounds referring to local or national traditions (folklore), national institutions (folkhem) or international relations (folkrätt)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of folk 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative folk folket folk folken
Genitive folks folkets folks folkens

CompoundsEdit


West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian folk, from Proto-Germanic *fulką.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

folk (plural folken)

  1. people, folk