balky

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adjective \ˈbȯ-kē sometimes ˈbȯl-\

Definition of balky

balkier

balkiest

  1. :  refusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected <a balky mule> <a balky engine>

balkiness

noun

Examples of balky in a sentence

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

1847

First Known Use of balky

1847

Synonym Discussion of balky

contrary, perverse, restive, balky, wayward mean inclined to resist authority or control. contrary implies a temperamental unwillingness to accept orders or advice <a contrary child>. perverse may imply wrongheaded, determined, or cranky opposition to what is reasonable or normal <a perverse, intractable critic>. restive suggests unwillingness or inability to submit to discipline or follow orders <tired soldiers growing restive>. balky suggests a refusing to proceed in a desired direction or course of action <a balky witness>. wayward suggests strong-willed capriciousness and irregularity in behavior <a school for wayward youths>.

BALKY Defined for English Language Learners

balky

play
adjective \ˈbȯ-kē sometimes ˈbȯl-\

Definition of balky for English Language Learners

  • : not doing what is wanted or expected


BALKY Defined for Kids

balky

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adjective \ˈbȯ-kē\

Definition of balky for Students

balkier

balkiest

  1. :  likely to stop or refuse to go <a balky engine>



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