[ il-kuh ]

adjectiveChiefly Scot.
  1. every; each.

Origin of ilka

1150–1200; Middle English; originally phrase ilk a each one. See ilk2, a1

Words Nearby ilka Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ilka in a sentence

  • A picnic is whaur ye hae onything ye fancy to eat; gude things ye wullna be haein' ilka day, ye mind.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • But, alas, they soon discovered that "maist ilka body" did not know the little dog, as they had so confidently supposed.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • Havers, lassie, ye're aye seein' Bobby i' ilka Hielan' terrier, an' there's mony o' them aboot.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • "Let ilka man blaw his ain parritch," said Seth Jamieson doggedly, coming to a dead stop.

    The Mystery of Cloomber | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Ower mony maisters," quo' the puddock to the harrow, when ilka tooth gied her a tug.

    The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop