Definition of folksy in English:



  • 1Having the characteristics of traditional culture and customs, especially in a contrived or artificial way.

    ‘the shop's folksy, small-town image’
    • ‘A common antebellum designation for the country, these United States survived in the 20th century in folksy idiomatic usage.’
    • ‘Cook's Country has a breezy, folksy style with the look of something out of the 1950s.’
    • ‘The concluding Allegro has a rollicking, folksy character, complete with a drone-like accompaniment.’
    • ‘True to its homesy folksy style, The Rooster has made its online edition a nostalgic experience for me.’
    • ‘Many musical artists, in fact, are carrying on in the folksy, rootsy, revolutionary tradition of the 60s.’
    • ‘While I thought they would aim more for a folksy sound, I was surprised by just how rockin’ many of the numbers are.’
    • ‘But don't be fooled by such folksy familiarity.’
    • ‘Heyward said that Schieffer's folksy give-and-take with the network's correspondents offered a hint of what CBS would ultimately unveil.’
    • ‘While the Kashmiri mode is delicate, and somewhat pallid, the Jammu style is bolder, more folksy, with hard outlines and fantastic colouring.’
    • ‘In a folksy, conversational two-page letter dated Sept.15, Mr. Libby assured Ms. Miller that he had wanted her to testify about their conversations all along.’
    • ‘The folksy image helped Immaculate hit $1 million in sales last year, up 82% over 2001.’
    • ‘The cold, clipped delivery and bizarre folksy expressions have also contributed to this.’
    • ‘Only once did this production stumble - in a folksy, slightly messy character dance performed by the Royal Fathers and Mothers.’
    • ‘The book is nicely laid out in a folksy, scrapbook style.’
    • ‘The Talmud governs nearly everything, yet never abandons its technical models drawn from everyday life, its almost folksy intricacy.’
    • ‘The cowpoke's folksy simile became ‘as high as an elephant's eye.’’
    • ‘Carnival of the Vanities is up again - in very folksy style this time.’
    • ‘Kadár makes good use of music as well, combining cheerful waltzes and polkas with more folksy, rustic sounds of Slovak fiddle music.’
    unsophisticated, unpolished, unrefined, plain, simple, rustic, artless, modest, natural
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  • 2Informal and unpretentious.

    ‘his folksy, direct style’
    • ‘Laskas writes in the first person and gives Elizabeth a simple, folksy voice in the tradition of oral story-telling.’
    • ‘‘I have a rustic and folksy voice, so the blend of folk and western music really works well,’ she stresses.’
    • ‘But for the majority of US voters he cultivated the image of a cheerful folksy crusader who believed in simple certainties and strong moral messages.’
    • ‘I think we can all look forward to Mr. Dyotte's folksy, heartwarming, Norman-Rockwell-flavoured six-string stylings.’
    • ‘But these days, she's also ‘Mrs. Kate,’ a folksy singer/songwriter recording her seventh album.’
    • ‘His temper and recklessness in such key moments contrast vividly with the folksy image he projects on the campaign trail.’
    • ‘The landslide victory put the peanut farmer on the political map and helped create the folksy image that eventually earned him the presidential nod.’
    • ‘When I assumed office, I had this mindset that I would not change [from my informal, folksy ways].’
    • ‘Reaching out to the laymen in a folksy style, for him, art is for the sake of humanity.’
    • ‘Each topic is covered in the same folksy style, with the minimum of ‘geek-speak’ and the text is often amusing in the extreme.’
    • ‘The readings of Springsteen songs tend to be as folksy and colloquial as the material itself.’
    • ‘His style is rather folksy and personal, which also makes for easier reading.’
    • ‘In 1989, Wendy's folksy founder Dave Thomas began a 13-year ad campaign that ended with his death in 2002.’
    • ‘They're a San Francisco folksy rock duo (guitar + drums) who can do more with just two instruments than most bands with 5 members.’
    • ‘The town of Harrington is sort of an anti-Mayberry - it has a quaint small-town feel, but the townspeople lack the requisite folksy charm.’
    • ‘His book adopts a folksy, conversational style, but doesn't really contain any new revelations.’
    • ‘Giuffre is dark, loose-pitched and rather Charles Lloyd-like on tenor sax; fragile and whispery on flute; east - European folksy on clarinet.’
    colloquial, vernacular, idiomatic, demotic, non-standard, popular, dialectal, non-literary
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