Definition of balky in English:


(British baulky)

Pronunciation /ˈbɔːki//ˈbɔːlki/


  • Awkward; uncooperative.

    ‘he was trying to get his balky horse to move’
    • ‘Phillips performed some on-the-spot maintenance of a balky treadmill today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Original consumer models were bulky and balky, user-friendly only if the user was a technogeek.’
    • ‘As he gets older, his defensive range shrinks because of balky knees.’
    • ‘Unless these conditions were complied with, gravity served no better than a balky horse - it would not work at all…’
    • ‘A student assistant with computing skills can help with restarting a balky workstation or writing a Web page.’
    • ‘Guerciotti's cyclo-cross models were especially sought after, thoroughbreds in a field of balky, unwieldy CX beasts.’
    • ‘Depending on the model, the complaints range from faulty key fobs and leaky sunroofs to balky electronics that leave drivers and their passengers stranded.’
    • ‘Deprived of the Internet by a balky cell phone modem, the habit of daily blogging has proven hard to break.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the dean hollered ‘Rana’ when his machine was balky.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if your windows have other problems - balky hardware, flimsy construction, or whatever - window replacement may be the right move.’
    • ‘Because of balky knees, Palmeiro, 36, no longer moves as quickly around the bag.’
    • ‘Team scouts think a balky right thumb will force Warner to retire.’
    • ‘The biggest obstacle that could keep Hernandez from finishing strong is a balky knee.’
    • ‘The Koidu base is complaining of congested data-network links, a balky router and malfunctioning wireless-network nodes.’
    • ‘In case the balky internet connection is insufficiently irritating, the hotel is also providing me USA Today on a complimentary basis.’
    • ‘In one widely reported case, an American pilot went so far as to throw a balky steward off the plane.’
    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
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