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balky

[baw-kee] /ˈbɔ ki/
adjective, balkier, balkiest.
1.
given to balking; stubborn; obstinate:
a balky mule.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; balk + -y1
Related forms
balkily, adverb
balkiness, noun
Synonyms
contrary, perverse, headstrong, mulish, pigheaded.
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British Dictionary definitions for balky

balky

/ˈbɔːkɪ; ˈbɔːlkɪ/
adjective balkier, balkiest, baulkier, baulkiest
1.
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedly: a balky horse
Derived Forms
balkily, baulkily, adverb
balkiness, baulkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for balky
adj.

1847, from balk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Balkily; balkiness.

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