The definition of balk is to stop or hold back from doing something.verb
- An example of something at which someone might balk is cleaning up a mess that he did not make.
- An example of an animal that may balk is a mule.
Balk is defined as to create a hindrance or a barrier.verb
An example of something that may balk your chances to finish college is a refusal by a lender to provide financial aid.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a ridge of unplowed land between furrows
- a roughly hewn piece of timber
- a beam used in construction
- something that obstructs or thwarts; check, hindrance, disappointment, etc.
- Obsolete a blunder; error
- Baseball an illegal motion by the pitcher, such as an uncompleted motion to throw to a base, while one foot is on the rubber: it entitles each base runner to advance one base
- Billiards any of the outer spaces between the cushions and the balkline
Origin: ME balke < OE balca, a bank, ridge < IE *bhelg- (extended stem of *bhel-, a beam) > Ger balken, beam, Gr phalanx, L fulcrum
- Obsolete to make balks in (land)
- to obstruct or thwart; foil
- Archaic to miss or let slip by
- Baseball to force (a base runner to score from third base) by committing a balk
- to stop and obstinately refuse to move or act
- to hesitate or recoil (at)
- to make a balk in baseball
- balker noun
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verb balked, balk·ing, balks verb, intransitive
- To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
- To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise.
- a. Sports To make an incomplete or misleading motion.b. Baseball To make an illegal motion before pitching, allowing one or more base runners to advance one base.
- To check or thwart by or as if by an obstacle.
- Archaic To let go by; miss.
- A hindrance, check, or defeat.
- Sports An incomplete or misleading motion, especially an illegal move made by a baseball pitcher.
- Games One of the spaces between the cushion and the balk line on a billiard table.
- a. An unplowed strip of land.b. A ridge between furrows.
- A wooden beam or rafter.
Origin: Middle English balken, to plow up in ridges, from balk, ridge, from Old English balca and from Old Norse balkr, beam.
- balkˈer noun