balky

[ baw-kee ]
/ ˈbɔ ki /

adjective, balk·i·er, balk·i·est.

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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balky

baulky

/ (ˈbɔːkɪ, ˈbɔːlkɪ) /

adjective balkier, balkiest, baulkier or baulkiest

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

balky


adj.

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

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