[ ilk ]
/ ɪlk /


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


Idioms for 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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ilks (1 of 2)

/ (ɪlk) /


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 ilks (2 of 2)


ilka (ˈɪlkə)

/ (ɪlk) /


Scot each; every

Word Origin for ilk

Old English ǣlc each (+ a 1)
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