Dictionary.com

balk

or baulk

[ bawk ]
/ bɔk /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: balk / balked / balking on Thesaurus.com

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart: a sudden reversal that balked her hopes.
Archaic. to let slip; fail to use: to balk an opportunity.

noun

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Idioms for balk

    in balk, inside any of the spaces in back of the balklines on a billiard table.

Origin of balk

before 900; Middle English; Old English balca covering, beam, ridge; cognate with Old Norse bǫlkr bar, partition, Dutch balk,Old Saxon balko,German Balken,Old Norse bjalki beam, Old English bolca plank; perhaps akin to Latin sufflāmen,Slovene blazína,Lithuanian balžíenas beam. See balcony
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for balk

balk

baulk

/ (bɔːk, bɔːlk) /

verb

noun

See also baulk
balker or baulker, noun
Old English balca; related to Old Norse bálkr partition, Old High German balco beam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Learn A New Word Right Now!