Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Laborers, especially farm workers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. People who labour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. People that labor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Persons engaged in manual labor; workpeople.

Etymologies

work +‎ folk (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indeed, have the threats not been but too well realised and are not great masses of the workfolk wholly homeless.

    Fr. McNabb Speaks - Toward Social Thinking

  • 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.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • 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.

    election day!

  • 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.

    The Rose Rent

  • 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.

    Gulliver of Mars

  • 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.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • The other workfolk were by this time all gathered under the rick, where the loose straw formed a comfortable retreat.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Tess waited outside the door of the farmhouse till the group of workfolk had received their wages, and then Marian introduced her.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • 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.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • "I've heard of such things before -- among workfolk, though not among your gentle people -- that's true."

    The Woodlanders

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