balk balk  /ˈbɔk/


  1. (v) refuse to comply
  2. (n) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  3. (n) one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
  4. (n) the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
  5. (n) an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Derived Word(s)


  1. Balk is current nomenclature of two sports.
  2. Forty years later, consumers still balk at the high priceand at losing the ability to take calls in their underwear.
  3. In fact, ergonomics majors might balk at the laptop-type keys and lack of wrist rest.


  1. Bay Ridge balks at Fourth Ave. scheme

    Bay Ridge became the latest neighborhood to balk at a city plan to dramatically alter Fourth Ave. by reducing the number of lanes and restricting many left turns.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: New York Daily News

  2. Olean holds off Hornell

    OLEAN — Live by the balk, die by the balk?
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Olean Times Herald

  3. Mets balk on call for ‘cougars’ to vote for Wright

    Mets balk on call for ‘cougars’ to vote for Wright the Associated Press Published Jun 15, 2013 05:27PM MDT New York • The New York Mets are willing to do most anything to get David Wright elected to the All-Star team. Well, almost anything. The Mets said Thursday they had backed off their latest idea — teaming up with a racy dating website that caters to women looking to meet younger men. The ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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definition of balk


  1. "I thought it was clearly a balk, and obviously you can't argue a balk," Maddon said. "You get kicked out arguing a balk. What I did was even inappropriate."
    on Oct 22, 2008 By: Joe Maddon Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. "If Bob called it a balk, it must have been a balk," Washington said of the two calls.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Ron Washington Source: ESPN

  3. "Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate," Romney wrote. "But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride...
    on Apr 25, 2006 By: Mitt Romney Source: The Heartland Institute

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