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Related to balky: bally
pigheaded; contrary; stubborn; obstinate; perverse; mulish: The balky child refused to put on her shoes.
Not to be confused with:
bulky – large and cumbersome; massive; ponderous; unwieldy: The bulky package was hard to maneuver through the door.
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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.
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balky(ˈbɔːkɪ; ˈbɔːlkɪ) or
adj, balkier, balkiest, baulkier or baulkiest
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedly: a balky horse.
ˈbalkily, ˈbaulkily adv
ˈbalkiness, ˈbaulkiness n
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adj. balk•i•er, balk•i•est.
given to balking; stubborn; obstinate.
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|Adj.||1.||balky - 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"
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