from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Given to stopping and refusing to go on.
  • adjective Difficult to operate or start.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Given to balking; apt to stop abruptly and obstinately refuse to move: as, a balky horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Apt to balk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Refusing to proceed or cooperate.

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

  • adjective stopping short and refusing to go on


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  • Alys shut off the quibble, kicked open a balky door.

    - P.K. Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.

    March 27, 2012