Definition of Balky

1. Adjective. Stopping short and refusing to go on. "A balky customer"

Exact synonyms: Balking
Similar to: Intractable
Derivative terms: Balk, Balkiness



Definition of Balky

1. a. Apt to balk; as, a balky horse.

Definition of Balky

1. Adjective. Refusing to proceed or cooperate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Balky

1. stubborn [adj BALKIER, BALKIEST] : BALKILY [adv] - See also: stubborn

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Balky

balked
balker
balkers
balkier
balkiest
balkily
balkiness
balkinesses
balking
balkingly
balkings
balkish
balkline
balklines
balks
balky (current term)
ball-and-socket joint
ball-and-socket joints
ball-breaker
ball-breakers
ball-buster
ball-by-ball
ball-club
ball-clubs
ball-flower
ball-flowers
ball-hawking
ball-peen hammer
ball-peen hammers

Literary usage of Balky

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1. The Exterior of the Horse by Armand Goubaux, Gustave Barrier, Simon J. J. Harger (1892)
"Thus, the balky horse is one which disobeys the command of his driver or ... balky Horses.—The balky horse, as already said, refuses to obey his rider or ..."

2. Methods in Education by Thomas Jefferson McEvoy (1908)
"Will: James on balky will. "The teacher often is confronted in the schoolroom with an abnormal type of will, which we may call the balky will. ..."

3. The Revised Reports: Being a Republication of Such Cases in the English by Frederick Pollock, Robert Campbell, Oliver Augustus Saunders, Arthur Beresford Cane, Joseph Gerald Pease, William Bowstead, Great Britain Courts (1905)
"... and the words not in themselves H balky, actionable. (ALDERSON, B.: Would it have been a libel on Moliere, to write of him that his object was, ..."

4. The Cambrian (1897)
"ELECTRICITY AND balky HORSES. One of the recent extensions of the use of electricity is in conquering a balky or lazy horse. ..."

5. Prohibition a Failure: Or, The True Solution of the Temperance Question by Dio Lewis (1875)
"Upon reaching it, I elbowed my way through, and found it was a case of balky mule. The mules were very small, and the load of brick was large, ..."

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