menfolk etymology

English word menfolk comes from English man, English folk

Detailed word origin of menfolk

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
man English (eng) Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man. (Multicultural London English, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.. (collective) All human males collectively: mankind.. (collective) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.). (historical) [...]
folk English (eng) (archaic) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.. (music) Folk music.. (plural only) A particular group of people.. (plural only) People in general.. (plural only, plural: folks) One’s relatives, especially one’s parents.. The inhabitants of a region, especially the native inhabitants. (architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles.. Believed or transmitted [...]
menfolk English (eng) Male people in general.. The male members of a group.

Words with the same origin as menfolk

Descendants of man
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