ilk noun: sort, kind
The hole beneath the stairs of the cabin‘s porch allows in squirrels, woodchucks, and other creatures of that ilk.
“In many parts of the world, anyonewho will ever buy a smartphoneprobably has done so, and now we’re on to the steady business of buying a new one only when we break, lose, or need to replace our old phones. When analysts discuss growthpredictions for cell phones and theirilk, they signal nothing but caution.” — Lindsey Turrentine, CNET, February 6, 2015
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The Old English pronoun ilca is the predecessor of the modern noun ilk, but by way of a pronoun ilk that doesnot exist in most dialects of modernEnglish. That ilk is synonymous withsame, and persists in Scots whereit’s used in the phrase “of that ilk,” meaning “of the same place, territorial designation, or name.” It is used chiefly in reference to the names of land-owning families and their eponymous estates, as in “the Guthries of that ilk,” which means“the Guthries of Guthrie.” Centuriesago a misunderstanding aroseconcerning the Scots phrase: it was interpreted as meaning “of that kindor sort,” a usage that found its way into modern English. Ilk has beenestablished in English with its currentmeaning and part of speech sincethe late 18th century.