Main definitions of filk in English

: filk1filk2

filk1

Pronunciation /fɪlk/

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noun

  • Among science fiction and fantasy fans: a type of popular music, commonly performed at fan conventions, characterized by the use of familiar or traditional songs whose lyrics have been rewritten or parodied (usually on themes drawn from science fiction or fantasy writing), or sometimes original songs with similar content. Chiefly attributive, especially as "filk song", "filk-singing", etc.

Origin

1950s. Probably originally a transmission error for folk.

Main definitions of filk in English

: filk1filk2

filk2

Pronunciation /fɪlk/

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verb

  • Among science fiction and fantasy fans: to write or perform filk songs.

Origin

1990s; earliest use found in Larry Niven (b. 1938). From filk.