Definition of balk :
1. A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball.
2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie- beam of a house. The loft above was called the balks.
3. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
4. A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
6. One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
7. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to hwart; as, to balk expectation.
8. To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
9. To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
10. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
11. To leave or make balks in.
12. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
13. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
14. To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
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hesitate (part of speech: verb)
- Howe'er that be, She scants me of my right, Is cunning careful evermore to balk Sweet separate talk, And fevers my delight By frets, if, on Amelia's cheek of peach, I touch the notes which music cannot reach, Bidding 'Good- night! - "The Unknown Eros", Coventry Patmore.
- Now, you have had some experience in your business, and I have had some experience in mine, and I beg to inform you that men who are much more prominent in the history of their country than any one I can at present think of in Cincinnati, have tried to balk me in the pursuit of my business, and have failed." - "From Whose Bourne", Robert Barr.
- " She may balk any minute and refuse to go. - "They of the High Trails", Hamlin Garland.