Definition of balky
: refusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected a balky mule a balky engine
Examples of balky in a Sentence
a balky toddler who only seemed to know the word “no” when told to do something
Recent Examples of balky from the Web
Vaughn did not have a history of balky knees or a penchant for controversy.
Booker is no longer bogged down by either his balky knee or his adjustment from the college game to the pros.
Photo galleries now can be easily viewed without having to swipe or click on a balky arrow button.
The laptops the corps members had been given were old and balky.
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First Known Use of balky
Synonym Discussion of balky
BALKY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of balky for English Language Learners
: not doing what is wanted or expected
BALKY Defined for Kids
Definition of balky for Students
: likely to stop or refuse to go a balky engine
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