from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Type or kind.
  • pronoun The same. Used following a name to indicate that the one named resides in an area bearing the same name.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Each; every.
  • Same; very same: often used absolutely with that.
  • Hence, blunderingly — Of that sort or kind: as, men of that ilk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Archaic Same; each; every.
  • adjective [Scottish] Of the same kind.
  • noun Kind; class; sort; type; ; -- sometimes used to indicate disapproval when applied to people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Scotland and Northern England The same.
  • noun A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a kind of person


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ilke, same, from Old English ilca; see i- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English ilke, from Old English ilca, from Proto-Germanic *ilīkaz, a compound of *iz and *-līkaz from the noun *līkan (“body”).


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  • what a terribly basic definition. They might has well have written "somethin'".

    "The kind or class of people that resemble, behave in a manner similar to, or are of the same social status as a certain person; The same "

    September 29, 2008

  • I see you've met WeirdNet.

    September 29, 2008

  • Scots - each, every.

    May foes be strang, and friends be slack

    Ilk action, may he rue it,

    May woman on him turn her back

    That wrangs thee, Willie Stewart,

    You're welcome, Willie Stewart

    - Robert Burns, 'You're welcome, Willie Stewart'.

    January 28, 2009