Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who stands on a rock or eminence to observe shoals of herring, etc., and to give notice to the men in boats which way they pass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, balks.
  • n. A person who stands on a rock or eminence to espy the shoals of herring, etc., and to give notice to the men in boats which way they pass; a conder; a huer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who balks, in any sense of the verb.
  • n. A man stationed on a cliff or an eminence to look out for shoals of herrings or pilchards, and signal the direction taken by them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who refuses to comply

Etymologies

balk +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Enjoying the short ride to Grasshopper Level, Leah was mindful of how this horse had been a balker back when Dat first bought him from Uncle Noah Brenneman.

    Covenant

  • "Which, while they're still fast friends, was the last word ever passed between them on the subject of the funker and the balker."

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier

  • As the boy led her from the stable she came out with her ears laying back and her short tail switching; and I said to myself, "here will be a job breaking a kicker and balker."

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling

  • It appeared, upon further acquaintance, that the man paid a hundred dollars for the horse; his brother had paid a hundred and twenty-five for the balker; but it was the belief of our driver that it would be worth the difference when it had reconciled itself to the rising ground of Frascati; as yet it was truly a stranger there.

    Roman Holidays, and Others

  • "'Yes,' I said, 'an' I've knowed better judges of hosses to sell a nervous hoss for a balker that had been balked onct by a rattle head.

    The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills

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