of ilk


1 [ilk]
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.

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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ilk1 (ɪlk)
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
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 or ilka2 (ɪlk, ˈɪlkə)
(Scot) each; every
[Old English ǣlc each (+ a1)]
ilka or ilka2
[Old English ǣlc each (+ a1)]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ilca "same" (n. and adj.), probably from demonstrative particle i- (cognate with Goth. is "he" and first element of L. idem) + -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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