Definition of balky in English:

balky

(British baulky)

Pronunciation /ˈbɔːlki/ /ˈbɔːki/

adjectivebalkier, balkiest, baulkier, baulkiest

US
  • Awkward; uncooperative.

    ‘he was trying to get his balky horse to move’
    • ‘The biggest obstacle that could keep Hernandez from finishing strong is a balky knee.’
    • ‘Unless these conditions were complied with, gravity served no better than a balky horse - it would not work at all…’
    • ‘Even the dean hollered ‘Rana’ when his machine was balky.’
    • ‘In case the balky internet connection is insufficiently irritating, the hotel is also providing me USA Today on a complimentary basis.’
    • ‘Deprived of the Internet by a balky cell phone modem, the habit of daily blogging has proven hard to break.’
    • ‘In one widely reported case, an American pilot went so far as to throw a balky steward off the plane.’
    • ‘Because of balky knees, Palmeiro, 36, no longer moves as quickly around the bag.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if your windows have other problems - balky hardware, flimsy construction, or whatever - window replacement may be the right move.’
    • ‘In the grainy surveillance camera footage, the dumpy, mustachioed fellow looks like just one more office peon saddled with a balky computer - until he takes his revenge.’
    • ‘Other than a balky elevator, the only real link between the two films is choreographer Hermes Pan, who was Fred's right-hand man throughout the Ginger years.’
    • ‘Depending on the model, the complaints range from faulty key fobs and leaky sunroofs to balky electronics that leave drivers and their passengers stranded.’
    • ‘Guerciotti's cyclo-cross models were especially sought after, thoroughbreds in a field of balky, unwieldy CX beasts.’
    • ‘The Koidu base is complaining of congested data-network links, a balky router and malfunctioning wireless-network nodes.’
    • ‘Team scouts think a balky right thumb will force Warner to retire.’
    • ‘A student assistant with computing skills can help with restarting a balky workstation or writing a Web page.’
    • ‘As he gets older, his defensive range shrinks because of balky knees.’
    • ‘Phillips performed some on-the-spot maintenance of a balky treadmill today.’
    • ‘Original consumer models were bulky and balky, user-friendly only if the user was a technogeek.’
    • ‘It had been left intact as a backup to the balky original warp field.’
    • ‘Their capsule will carry up more spare parts for the balky oxygen generator, but have room for little else.’
    stubborn, headstrong, wilful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unmanageable, cross-grained, stiff-necked, stiff, rigid, steely, iron-willed, uncompromising, implacable, relentless, unrelenting, unpersuadable, immovable, unmalleable, unshakeable, inexorable, with one's feet dug in, with one's toes dug in, persistent, persevering, tenacious, pertinacious, dogged, single-minded, adamant, firm, steadfast, determined

Pronunciation

balky

/ˈbɔːlki/ /ˈbɔːki/