1. [syn: balking, balky]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Balk \Balk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Balked (b[add]kt); p. pr. &
vb. n. Balking.] [From Balk a beam; orig. to put a balk
or beam in one's way, in order to stop or hinder. Cf., for
sense 2, AS. on balcan legan to lay in heaps.]
1. To leave or make balks in. [Obs.] --Gower.
2. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles. [Obs.]
Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,
Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see.
3. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance. [Obs.]
4. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to
let go by; to shirk. [Obs. or Obsolescent]
By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked
the inns. --Evelyn.
Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
Nor doth he any creature balk,
But lays on all he meeteth. --Drayton.
5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to
thwart; as, to balk expectation.
They shall not balk my entrance. --Byron.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: stopping short and refusing to go on; "a balking"; "a
balky mule"; "a balky customer" [syn: balking, balky]