[ bawk ]
/ bɔk /

verb (used with or without object), noun


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Definition for baulk (2 of 2)


or baulk

[ bawk ]
/ bɔk /

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.


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


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British Dictionary definitions for baulk (1 of 2)

/ (bɔːk, usually for sense 1 bɔːlk) /


Also (US): balk billiards
  1. the space, usually 29 inches deep, between the baulk line and the bottom cushion
  2. (in baulk-line games) one of the spaces between the cushions and the baulk lines
  3. in baulk inside one of these spaces
archaeol a strip of earth left between excavation trenches for the study of the complete stratigraphy of a site
croquet either of two lines (A baulk and B baulk) at diagonally opposite ends of the court, from which the ball is struck into play

verb, noun

a variant spelling of balk

British Dictionary definitions for baulk (2 of 2)



/ (bɔːk, bɔːlk) /



See also baulk

Derived forms of balk

balker or baulker, noun

Word Origin for balk

Old English balca; related to Old Norse bálkr partition, Old High German balco beam
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