kinfolk

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From kin +‎ folk.

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kinfolk (countable and uncountable, plural kinfolks)

  1. (US, also in plural) Relatives, relations.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 122:
      ‘You have kinfolks here though. Women. That used to live in this house.’
    • 1982, Bernard Malamud, God’s Grace, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, “Cohn’s Island,”
      That says something about the nature of man—his fantasies of death that get enacted into the slaughter of man by man—kinfolk or strangers in droves—on every possible mindless occasion.
    • 2005, Jordan Houston, Darnell Carlton, Paul Beauregard, Premro Smith, Marlon Goodwin, David Brown, and Willie Hutchinson (lyrics), “Stay Fly”, in Most Known Unknown[1], Sony BMG, performed by Three 6 Mafia (featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball, and MJG):
      Three 6 Mafia, them my kinfolk.

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