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balky

adjective \ˈb-kē sometimes ˈbl-\

: not doing what is wanted or expected

balk·i·erbalk·i·est

Full Definition of BALKY

:  refusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected <a balky mule> <a balky engine>
balk·i·ness noun

Examples of BALKY

  1. <a balky toddler who only seemed to know the word no when told to do something>

First Known Use of BALKY

1847

Rhymes with BALKY

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