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

  • n. Type or kind: can't trust people of that ilk.
  • pro. Scots The same. Used following a name to indicate that the one named resides in an area bearing the same name: Duncan of that ilk.
  • adj. Variant of ilka.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The same.
  • n. A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same; each; every.
  • n. Kind; class; sort; type; ; -- sometimes used to indicate disapproval when applied to people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a kind of person


Middle English ilke, same, from Old English ilca; see i- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ilke, from Old English ilca, from Proto-Germanic *ilīkaz, a compound of *iz and *-līkaz from the noun *līkan (“body”). (Wiktionary)



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  • 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

  • I see you've met WeirdNet.

    September 29, 2008

  • 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