Definition of balky in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːlki
, ˈbɔːki
(British also baulky)

adjective (balkier, balkiest; baulkier, baulkiest)

chiefly US
  • Awkward; uncooperative: he was trying to get his balky horse to move
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    • The biggest obstacle that could keep Hernandez from finishing strong is a balky knee.
    • Unless these conditions were complied with, gravity served no better than a balky horse - it would not work at all…
    • Even the dean hollered ‘Rana’ when his machine was balky.

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