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
Even as the weight was shed, as the body fat dropped, a balky left ankle got in the way, including during the games when needed most, at the close of the 41-41 season.
He was visited by Roberts and the training staff when a balky knee began barking.
The 31-year-old Spaniard lost at Roland Garros to Robin Soderling in 2009, but his balky knees may have had something to do with it.
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.
With Iguodala sitting out Game 2 because of his balky knee, rookie Patrick McCaw stepped in and played his finest game as a pro, scoring 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting (3 for 4 on 3-pointers) with five assists and three steals.
Clevinger, 26, was making his first start, filling in for injured ace Corey Kluber, whose balky lower back forced him to the disabled list Wednesday.
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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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