- family, class, or kind: he and all his ilk.
- of that ilk,
- (in Scotland) of the same family name or place: Ross of that ilk, i.e., Ross of Ross.
- of the same class or kind.
Origin of ilk1
- each; every.
Origin of ilk2
Examples from the Web for ilk
We can thank Lisa Kudrow for the rise of celeb reality TV—Real Housewives, the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo and its ilk.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
November 6, 2014
Like maybe the line that Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others of their ilk are pushing?Paranoia Crept into American Political Life a Long Time Ago
October 19, 2014
All right, so we know that Loestrin and its ilk are, as Redmond terms it, “hair-unfriendly pills.”Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
And, as pretty much every show of this ilk has proved, that formula works.Leg Throwing, Weave Pulling, and Drink Dumping: Watching 'Real Housewives' Makes You Violent
August 21, 2014
As much as the NRA and its ilk want to deny it, having a gun in the home is a risk factor for serious injury or death.Pediatricians Have the Right to Ask About Guns
July 30, 2014
Thus I get a perspective upon the place, to Will and his ilk denied.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The collections, then, those from Mr. Young and his ilk excepted, were satisfactory.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
Harpies of this ilk are the bane of sight-seeing all the world over.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
You remember Mrs. Wallace, don't you—Pritchard, of that ilk?The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
Him's got a bib on 'ike Trouble when him eats bread and 'ilk.The Curlytops and Their Pets
Howard R. Garis
- a type; class; sort (esp in the phrase of that, his, her, etc, ilk)people of that ilk should not be allowed here
- of that ilk Scot of the place of the same name: used to indicate that the person named is proprietor or laird of the place namedMoncrieff of that ilk
- Scot each; every
Word Origin and History for ilk
Old English ilca "same" (n. and adj.), from Proto-Germanic *ij-lik, in which the first element is from the PIE demonstrative particle *i- (see yon) and the second is that in Old English -lic "form" (see like). Of similar formation are which and such. Phrase of that ilk implies coincidence of name and estate, as in Lundie of Lundie; applied usually to families, so by c.1790 it began to be used with meaning "family," then broadening to "type, sort."