American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Laborers, especially farm workers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Persons engaged in manual labor; workpeople.
- n. People who labour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. People that labor.
- work + folk (Wiktionary)
“Indeed, have the threats not been but too well realised and are not great masses of the workfolk wholly homeless.”
“In old times there were bailiffs to look after the workfolk, foremen to look after the tradesmen, a building-steward to look after the foremen, a land-steward to look after the building-steward, and a dashing grand agent to look after the land-steward: fine times they had then, I assure ye.”
“My Republican workfolk were mostly swayed by their fear and assumption that Bush=fiscal responsibility seems a little shady, if you ask me; they just don't think the social issues are as important.”
“But it was because she valued it that she wanted it spent for God, not hoarded up with the rest of a property large enough to provide handsomely even without it for herself and all her kinsfolk and workfolk.”
“In front of us was a broad, grassy course marked off with garlanded finger-posts, and in this space rallies of workfolk were taking part in all manner of games under the eyes of a great concourse of spectators, doing the Martians 'pleasures for them as they did their labours.”
“The labourers -- or 'workfolk,' as they used to call themselves immemorially till the other word was introduced from without -- who wish to remain no longer in old places are removing to the new farms.”
“The other workfolk were by this time all gathered under the rick, where the loose straw formed a comfortable retreat.”
“Tess waited outside the door of the farmhouse till the group of workfolk had received their wages, and then Marian introduced her.”
“The voices and laughs of the workfolk eating and drinking under the rick came to her as if they were a quarter of a mile off.”
“I've heard of such things before -- among workfolk, though not among your gentle people -- that's true.”
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