From Middle English ilke, from Old English ilca, conjectured as from Proto-Germanic *ilīkaz, a compound of *iz and *-līkaz from the noun *līką (“body”).
The sense of “type”, “kind” is from the application of the phrase ‘of that ilk’ to families: the word thus came to mean ‘family’.
ilk (not comparable)
- (Scotland and Northern England) Very; same.
ilk (plural ilks)
- A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.