adjective, balkier, balkiest.
given to balking; stubborn; obstinate: a balky mule.

1840–50; balk + -y1

balkily, adverb
balkiness, noun

contrary, perverse, headstrong, mulish, pigheaded. Unabridged
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balky or baulky (ˈbɔːkɪ, ˈbɔːlkɪ, ˈbɔːkɪ, ˈbɔːlkɪ)
adj , balkier, balkiest, baulkier, baulkiest
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedly: a balky horse
baulky or baulky
'balkily or baulky
'baulkily or baulky
'balkiness or baulky
'baulkiness or baulky

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They overhauled two balky instruments, delivered two new ones and installed new gyroscopes and batteries.
The astronauts also fixed several balky scientific instruments.
He even fiddles with the balky machine while company executives sit all around him.
Plus, they're dealing with tax caps and balky voters when it comes to approving building fund requests.
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