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balky

[ baw-kee ]
/ ˈbɔ ki /
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adjective, balk·i·er, balk·i·est.
given to balking; stubborn; obstinate: a balky mule.
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Origin of balky

First recorded in 1840–50; balk + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM balky

balk·i·ly, adverbbalk·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for balky

balky

baulky

/ (ˈbɔːkɪ, ˈbɔːlkɪ) /

adjective balkier, balkiest, baulkier or baulkiest
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedlya balky horse

Derived forms of balky

balkily or baulkily, adverbbalkiness or baulkiness, noun
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