Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ILK, adj.2, pron. Also ilke.
I. adj. Each, every, of two or more. Now mainly liter. and replaced by Ilka.
Ayr. 1709 Arch. & Hist. Coll. Ayr. & Wgt. IV. 240:
The persewer to prove that ilk yokeing of land gave 7 merk. Gsw. 1717 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1908) 628:
Ilk person who laid doun the said dung or gathered the said midden. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 34:
Intill her face ilk sweet an' bony draught Came till it sell. Edb. 1772 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 83:
Whare I was keppit wi' the heavy tale That sets ilk dowie sangster to bewail. Ayr. 1790 Burns Tam o' Shanter 220:
Ilk man, and mother's son, take heed. Sc. 1817 Scott Bonnie Dundee iii. in Doom of Devorgoil (1834) ii. ii.:
As he rode down the sanctified bends of the Bow, Ilk carline was flyting and shaking her pow. Rnf. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 51:
Ye've heard hoo the de'il, as he wauchel'd through Beith Wi' a wife in ilk oxter, an' ane in his teeth. Ags. 1923 V. Jacob Songs of Ags. 42:
But time drives forrit; and on ilk December There waits a New Year yet.
II. pron. Each one, every one.
Sc. 1756 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 17:
Ableins they'll tak it in their heads, Ilk to tak wives to warm their beds. Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 6:
Straight down the steep they slide wi' canny care, Ilk at the ither's en', frae stump to stane. Rxb. 1821 A. Scott Poems 25:
For by this time nae bands are made, Ilk down their handfu's lay. Edb. 1869 J. Smith Poems 4:
The foremost three held ilk the croon O' story-tellin' craft. Sc. a.1894 Stevenson New Poems (1918) 38:
When it's time to take the gate Tak' ilk his ain. Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 22:
We'll see, when ilk comes till his ain, fa wis the biggest feel. m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 53:
Paiks maun be tholed by ilk alane.
III. Combs.: 1. ilk an(e), -een (n.Sc.), each one, every one, of two or more, everybody, all and sundry (Edb. 1720 A. Pennecuik Helicon 67, ilkan; ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., Rxb. 1958). Also ilkin, and ¶ilken, used adj. = every (Slk. 1817 Hogg Poet. Mirror 196); 2. ilk ither, each other, one another (Ags., Rxb. 1958); 3. ilk-whair, everywhere.
1. Kcd. 1701 Urie Court Bk. (S.H.S.) 112:
The said day amerciatis John Maule in Glithnoe, and Allexander Duncane ther, ilke ane of them in fyftie poundis Scotis. Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 75:
Ilk ane their Gifts down flang. Abd. 1819 in J. Burness Plays, etc . 301:
Ye're nae ilk ane, for depend, I seldom sae far condescend, As sha' my scrawls to ony body. Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter xi.:
Yell on yell gied the Laird, ilk ane mair awfu' than the ither. Bch. 1929 Abd. Univ. Rev. (March) 129:
The vrichts, A suppose, wiz wullin' aneuch, but ilkeen o' them wiz feart for lossin' his custom. 2. Ayr. c.1786 Burns Twa Herds ix.:
And names, like villain, hypocrite, Ilk ither gi'en. Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality iv.:
If they come to lounder ilk ither, as they did the last time, suldna I cry on you? Edb. 1851 A. Maclagan Sketches 56:
But the twa puir folk like statues stood, Mute, gazing on ilk ither. Ags. 1920 A. Gray Songs 16:
They speak to ilk ither a language, Sae bonny and couthy and bien. 3. Ayr. 1789 D. Sillar Poems 95:
My praise is ilk-whair yelpit.
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