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adj. balk·i·er, balk·i·est
1. Given to stopping and refusing to go on: a balky horse; a balky client.
2. Difficult to operate or start: a balky switch; a balky engine.

balk′i·ness n.


(ˈbɔːkɪ; ˈbɔːlkɪ) or


adj, balkier, balkiest, baulkier or baulkiest
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedly: a balky horse.
ˈbalkily, ˈbaulkily adv
ˈbalkiness, ˈbaulkiness n


(ˈbɔ ki)

adj. balk•i•er, balk•i•est.
given to balking; stubborn; obstinate.
balk′i•ly, adv.
balk′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.balky - stopping short and refusing to go onbalky - stopping short and refusing to go on; "a balking"; "a balky mule"; "a balky customer"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"


Given to acting in opposition to others:
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