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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a person who refuses to comply
- balk + -er (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“Which, while they're still fast friends, was the last word ever passed between them on the subject of the funker and the balker.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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