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ILKA, adj. Also ilkae; ilkie, -y (n.Sc.).

1. Each, every, of two or more. Ilka bodie, everyone. Gen.Sc. Rarely with the. Sc. 1714  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 16:
And ilky Month a well paid Skin, To mak her tame.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 9:
Wi' leed that well might help him to come ben, An' crack amo' the best of ilka sex.
Edb. 1772  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 38:
Mourn ilka nymph and ilka swain, Ilk sunny hill and dowie glen.
Ayr. 1791  Burns Tam o' Shanter 23–4:
That ilka melder, wi' the miller, Thou sat as lang as thou had siller.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality v.:
I dinna gie ilka body that; I keep it for a pain I hae whiles in my ain stamach.
Ayr. 1833  J. Kennedy Geordie Chalmers 194:
The brats o' duds, an' the rent, an' the ilka thing belanging to a hoose.
Abd. c.1880  W. Robbie Yonderton 155:
There wiz a callant o' that name eest to come there ilky simmer for a while.
Sc. 1892  Stevenson Catriona xv.:
Ilka time Tod cam near the house.
Fif. 1894  J. Menzies Our Town 97:
The wark was hard, nae doot, fir ilka man toiled like sax.
Lnk. 1922  T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 64:
Ilka word's a thun'ner-clap, And he gi'es a gey sair clour.
Ags. 1932  Forfar Dispatch (2 June) 3:
I aye laive ilkae thing in its ain bit.

2. Combs. and phrs.: (1) ilka ane (yin, een), each one, every one (Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Ayr. 1958); (2) ilka body's body, a popular person, a general favourite, esp. one of a friendly, obliging disposition (n.Sc., em.Sc.(a), m.Lth., Ayr., Kcb. 1958), sometimes in a bad sense of one who is all things to all men, a time-server (Abd., Fif. 1958); (3) ilkaday, a week-day, “what is commonly called a lawful day, as distinguished from that which is appropriated to Christian worship” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., Ags. 1958). Also as an adj., pertaining to an everyday, as opposed to a Sunday or festive occasion, ordinary, usual. Comb. ilkaday(s) claise, ordinary, everyday, working clothes (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., em.Sc.(a), Slg., Lnk., Rxb. 1958); .†(4) ilka deal (dale), every whit, altogether (n.Sc. 1825 Jam., -deal); (5) ilka where, everywhere; (6) ilka wye, id. (Abd. 1958); (7) nae ilka body, not everybody, no common, ordinary person (Abd. 1825 Jam.; n.Sc., Ags., Per. 1958). (1) Sc. 1737  Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 7:
Clear to ilka ane whase saul is not sand-blind or purfled wi' pride.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xv.:
That will be just five-and-threepence to ilka ane o' us.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb ii.:
But, an ilka ane had their nain I wudna say nor the laird wud hae to forhoo's bit bonnie nest.
Dmf. 1912  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo 139:
In a toon like Thornhill, where ilka yin's business is a'body's business.
(2) Ayr. 1790  J. Fisher Poems 64:
Get ye that bra' wallie name, O' ilka body's body.
Sc. 1819  J. Rennie St Patrick I. vii.:
They say she has been ilka bodie's body sin' she was the bouk o' a grozet.
(3) Lnk. 1806  J. Black Falls of Clyde 134:
Twa hours wi' pleasure I wad gi'e to heaven, On ilka days, on Sundays sax or seven.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality vii.:
I . . . gaed to kirk whare'er ye likit on the Sundays, and fended weel for ye in the ilka days besides.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xvi.:
The lads only like ye when ye hae on your braws — they wadna touch you wi' a pair o' tangs when you are in your auld ilka day rags.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie xxx.:
In ilka-day meals I am obligated to hae a regard for frugality.
Sc. 1849  M. Oliphant M. Maitland xvii.:
When did ony mortal see me wearing commonly on an ilkaday the like of this bonnie white sark?
Slk. 1875  Border Treasury (13 Feb.) 334:
I'm sure afore I wad see ye put yersel' in sic a state I wad . . . gang i' my ilka-day's claes.
Sc. 1896  A. Cheviot Proverbs 38:
An ilka day braw maks a Sabbath day daw. If we wear our best clothes at ordinary times, we will be at a loss on special occasions.
Kcd. 1911  W. MacGillivray Cotbank 23:
His Sunday clothes were black and of a finer cloth than those for “ilka day.”
Abd. 1940  C. Gavin Hostile Shore ii.:
I thocht you kent better than to come in here wi' your ilkadays boots on.
(4) Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 96:
Says Ralph, well neiper I hae heard your tale, An' even fairly at it ilka dale.
(5) Bwk. 1823  A. Hewit Poems 63:
The little burdies ilka where Do meet wi' skaith.
Abd. 1851  W. Anderson Rhymes 49:
Chairs, tables, and cradles were ilkawhere sittin'.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 26:
News she gat frae ilka where.
(6) Abd. c.1880  W. Robbie Yonderton 55:
It's nae ilka wye 'at ye'll sheet yer niz in t' sic a het nest.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 5:
There's sae mony nice wyes an' that 'at they hae nooadays 'at a body's a kin' o' fleyt to br'ak breid ilky wye.
(7) Abd. 1825  Jam.:
He thinks himsell nae ilka body.
Abd. 1933 13 :
She disna think 'ersel ilka body nor yet mony ane.

[O.Sc. ilka, each, every, from c.1470. Reduced form of ilk a(ne), from Ilk, adj., written as one word from 15th c. The orig. significance of -a was lost in the 18th c., hence ilka ane.]

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