verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of balk
Synonyms for balk
Examples from the Web for baulk
Historical Examples of baulk
She had concocted this scene in the carriage, and nothing should baulk her of it.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
She hit it hard on the side, and both balls came into baulk.
He had brought himself to the point that he would not conceive an obstacle that should baulk him.Tancred
You may baulk all the bailiffs, and defy any other man to serve you with a writ; but, by jingo!Handy Andy, Volume One
Will was with me, and both ever too well disposed to baulk an opportunity.Memoirs Of Fanny Hill
- the space, usually 29 inches deep, between the baulk line and the bottom cushion
- (in baulk-line games) one of the spaces between the cushions and the baulk lines
- in baulkinside one of these spaces
Word Origin for balk
alternative spelling of balk, especially in billiards, in reference to a bad shot.
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.