ilk

1
[ilk]

noun

family, class, or kind: he and all his ilk.

adjective


Idioms

    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 līc like1; cf. which, such
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ilk

1

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

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

ilk

2

ilka (ˈɪlkə)

determiner

Scot each; every

Word Origin for ilk

Old English ǣlc each (+ a 1)
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Word Origin and History for ilks

ilk

adj.

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."

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