Definition of menfolk in US English:


(also menfolks)

plural noun

  • A group of men considered collectively, especially the men of a particular family or community.

    ‘the menfolk of the village watch the goings-on’
    • ‘And thinking back, it seems that the ladies present weren't quite so dismissive as their menfolk and some were unashamedly enthusiastic.’
    • ‘The menfolk of Shanghai are world-famous for their consideration towards their wives and their diligence in carrying out household chores.’
    • ‘Women and children crowd around a wood stove in one room while, outside in the pouring rain, their menfolk unload sacks of potatoes and rice.’
    • ‘Then, there is the crucial administering of the medicine in the murrel that is deftly handled by the menfolk and the women in the family.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire women have been asked by police to nag their motorcycle-loving menfolk to ride with more restraint on the county's roads.’
    • ‘Although this service is compiled and organised by women, the menfolk will also be welcome to join in the service on Friday night.’
    • ‘If you listen closely enough, you should be able to make out the angry words above the din: a cacophony of female voices raised to the rafters with one common message for their menfolk.’
    • ‘Arms were the insignia of a family of distinction, and that was why its menfolk took such a pride in them; in that pride their womenfolk consciously shared.’
    • ‘Nuala Ryan, said the women travellers, in the main, want to be housed but the menfolk do not, preferring to remain on the side of the road.’
    • ‘I can understand the anguish which will be beginning to form in the minds of so many Ulster families whose menfolk have worked at Harland's for generations.’
    • ‘She had for some time, been shy around the menfolk of the village.’
    • ‘Together they're singing - a lament that idles across the water, a chant of fishermen's wives reaching across the centuries, like hands to pull their menfolk back from the depths of the sea.’
    • ‘They are most disappointed as reciprocal support from the menfolk is very sparse indeed.’
    • ‘Aughness was once a busy village full of youthful exuberance, where the menfolk would return from England for the summer months to fish its rich waters.’
    • ‘Like their menfolk, our women should be encouraged to project their abilities and potential within their democratic rights in a competitive market.’
    • ‘Our menfolk are not usually backwards at coming forwards, so it was a surprise to see Blackburn's first speed dating event had more women than men queuing to find a partner.’
    • ‘Geraldine Pearson was one of hundreds of women who made their way to Downing Street last week as part of a campaign to save the jobs of their menfolk at the already silent MG Rover plant.’
    • ‘The common refrain that it is the menfolk in the families who control the women elected members may be partly true; but studies show that the situation is rapidly changing.’
    • ‘They were social occasions, acting as a marriage market for the young, a place where older women could indulge in gossip and which provided unlimited networking opportunities for their menfolk.’
    • ‘I left Stone Town soon after lunch, just as the town's menfolk were heading back to their houses to take their afternoon siesta.’