Definitions for balker

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to refuse curtly and firmly (usu. fol. by at).

  2. to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.

  3. to commit a balk in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  4. (v.t.)to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart.

  5. (n.)a baseball pitcher's illegal motion or feint, penalized by awarding a runner or runners an advance to the next base.

    Category: Sport

  6. a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.

  7. a strip of land left unplowed.

  8. 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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. balker, baulker, noncompliant(noun)

    a person who refuses to comply

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balker(noun)

    one who, or that which balks

  2. Balker(noun)

    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


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