Definitions for balker
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to refuse curtly and firmly (usu. fol. by at).
to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.
to commit a balk in baseball.
(v.t.)to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart.
(n.)a baseball pitcher's illegal motion or feint, penalized by awarding a runner or runners an advance to the next base.
a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.
a strip of land left unplowed.
any heavy timber used for building purposes.
Category: Building Trades
Origin of balk:
bef. 900; ME; OE balca covering, beam, ridge, c. ON bǫlkr bar, partition
balker, baulker, noncompliant(noun)
a person who refuses to comply
one who, or that which balks
a person who stands on a rock or eminence to espy the shoals of herring, etc., and to give notice to the men in boats which way they pass; a conder; a huer