- 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
Examples from the Web for ilks
Sir William came to the manor on the next day, and then peers and courtiers of all ilks flocked thither to worship the rising sun.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- 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 ilks
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."