AskDefine | Define ilk

Dictionary Definition

ilk n : a kind of person; "I don't like people of his ilk"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ɪlk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪlk

Etymology

From ilke < īlca. The sense of "type", "kind" is from the application of the phrase ‘of that ilk’ to families: the word thus came to mean ‘family’.

Alternative spellings

Adjective

  1. In the context of "Scottish|and|Northern|_|UK": The same.

Usage notes

Used following a person's name to show that he lives in a place of the same name, eg Johnstone of that ilk means Johnstone of Johnstone.

Noun

  1. In the context of "often|derogatory|or|humorous": 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.
    • 1906 — Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Ch. 25
      "Hinkydink" or "Bathhouse John," or others of that ilk, were proprietors of the most notorious dives in Chicago...

Usage notes

Really an adjective followed by the implied noun type or kind (like American for American person), ilk has no plural.

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Derived terms

Scots

Pronunciation

  • /ɪlk/

Etymology

From the īlca.

Adjective

  1. The same.

Usage notes

  • Used following a person's name to show that he lives in a place of the same name, eg Johnstone of that ilk means Johnstone of Johnstone.

Turkish

Adjective

ilk

Synonyms

Adverb

ilk

Extensive Definition

Ilk is a village in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary.

Geography

It covers an area of and has a population of 1263 people (2001).
ilk in Esperanto: Ilk
ilk in Hungarian: Ilk
ilk in Slovak: Ilk

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