Definition of balky in English:


Line breaks: balky
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of balky in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards