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adjective, balk·i·er, balk·i·est.
  1. given to balking; stubborn; obstinate: a balky mule.

Origin of balky

First recorded in 1840–50; balk + -y1
Related formsbalk·i·ly, adverbbalk·i·ness, noun


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contrary, perverse, headstrong, mulish, pigheaded.
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adjective balkier, balkiest, baulkier or baulkiest
  1. inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedlya balky horse
Derived Formsbalkily or baulkily, adverbbalkiness or baulkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for balky


1847, from balk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Balkily; balkiness.

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