verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of balk
Synonyms for balk
Examples from the Web for balked
Contemporary Examples of balked
If I balked at an act or found it difficult to perform, I was “punished” for my defiance (which is the nature of a BDSM scene).My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story
August 30, 2014
Gerawan consented, but after a few months at the table, UFW balked again.A Crazy California Union Scandal
August 2, 2014
When Hayes balked at giving up her child, she claims Romney threatened she could be excommunicated if she refused.Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business?
June 23, 2014
Obama administration officials wanted the BSA signed by the end of last year, but Karzai has balked.Karzai Gambles with the Taliban
January 28, 2014
A Supreme Court decision was met, and balked, with utter defiance.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
Historical Examples of balked
So far I have not balked at anything but he has had the consideration not to direct me to the mountains.Her Father's Daughter
The men that have solved greater problems in the past will not be balked by these.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Duerot has tried his hardest to sup in Lagny, and has been balked by German valour.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Well, gentlemen, you are balked this time; but what matters it?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Hugh Ritson was hardly the man to be balked by such impediments.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Word Origin for balk
Old English balca "ridge, bank," from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from Proto-Germanic *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. Old Saxon balko, Danish bjelke, Old Frisian balka, Old High German balcho, German Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Latin fulcire "to prop up, support," fulcrum "bedpost;" Lithuanian balziena "cross-bar;" and possibly Greek phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle"). Modern senses are figurative, representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (see balk (v.)). Baseball sense is first attested 1845.
late 14c., "to leave an unplowed ridge when plowing," from balk (n.). Extended meaning "to omit, intentionally neglect" is mid-15c. Most modern senses are figurative, from the notion of a balk in the fields as a hindrance or obstruction: sense of "stop short" (as a horse confronted with an obstacle) is late 15c.; that of "to refuse" is 1580s. Related: Balked; balking.