Ilk



[ilk] /ɪlk/

noun
1.
family, class, or kind:
he and all his ilk.
adjective
2.
.
Idioms
3.
of that ilk,

[ilk] /ɪlk/ Chiefly Scot.
pronoun
1.
.
adjective
2.
; every.
/ɪlk/
noun
1.
a type; class; sort (esp in the phrase of that, his, her, etc, ilk): people of that ilk should not be allowed here
2.
(Scot) of that ilk, of the place of the same name: used to indicate that the person named is proprietor or laird of the place named: Moncrieff of that ilk
/ɪlk/
determiner
1.
(Scot) each; every
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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