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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.


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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Following Mossadeq's unsuccessful effort to drive the Shah into exile in February, the Majlis opposition became so baulky [sic] that Mossadeq finally withdrew his supporters (thus precluding a quorum) and then called a "referendum" to approve final dissolution of that body pending new elections.
All authors, but especially writers of verse (be it poetry, or rhyming text in young children's books), should read their work aloud and listen for baulky rhythm.
Even with a baulky putter, he has shone on his two outings - eighth in New Orleans and ninth at the Byron Nelson.