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 baulks
Historical Examples of baulks
Then upon the latter are laid "baulks" and upon them the flooring as usual.
Cox won't ride him because he baulks, and so he has come into my stable.Phineas Redux
A tackle hooked to one of the baulks of timber forming the staith was being hauled at by five women and two men!Yorkshire Painted And Described
The hole was soon dug and the anchor deposited therein, planks and baulks of timber being laid upon it as before.Across the Spanish Main
So these "baulks" are made like planks, very oblong if looked at endwise, also thinner at the ends than in the middle.
Word Origin for balk
- 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
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.
alternative spelling of balk, especially in billiards, in reference to a bad shot.
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.