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ilk

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[ ilk ]
/ ɪlk /
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noun
family, class, or kind: he and all his ilk.
adjective
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Idioms about ilk

    of that ilk,
    1. (in Scotland) of the same family name or place: Ross of that ilk, i.e., Ross of Ross.
    2. of the same class or kind.

Origin of ilk

1
before 900; Middle English ilke,Old English ilca (pronoun) the same, equivalent to demonstrative i (cognate with Gothic is he, Latin is that) + a reduced form of līclike1; cf. which, such

Other definitions for ilk (2 of 2)

ilk2
[ ilk ]
/ ɪlk /
Chiefly Scot.

pronoun
adjective
each; every.

Origin of ilk

2
before 900; Middle English ilk, north variant of ilch,Old English ylc (pronoun) each
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British Dictionary definitions for ilk (1 of 2)

ilk1
/ (ɪlk) /

noun
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

Word Origin for ilk

Old English ilca the same family, same kind; related to Gothic is he, Latin is, Old English gelīc like

usage for ilk

Although the use of ilk in the sense of sense 1 is sometimes condemned as being the result of a misunderstanding of the original Scottish expression of that ilk, it is nevertheless well established and generally acceptable

British Dictionary definitions for ilk (2 of 2)

ilk2

ilka (ˈɪlkə)

/ (ɪlk) /

determiner
Scot each; every

Word Origin for ilk

Old English ǣlc each (+ a 1)
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