balky balky  /ˈbɔ ki/


  • (adj) stopping short and refusing to go on


  1. Percy's problems are largely with members of his own party, especially those in the balky conservative wing, who have loathed him for years.
  2. Like Romney and Reagan, he has had his problems with a balky legislature, but he has written a record that may be hard to match.
  3. While its majority will share the basic outlook of the conservative President-elect, a Republican 97th Senate could prove to be just as balky as its predecessor.


  1. Aramis tries to produce as he plays through pain

    Ryan Braun is not the Brewers' only injured middle-of-the order hitter. Cleanup man Aramis Ramirez reluctantly has agreed that his balky left knee is contributing to his recent dip in production at the plate
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Milwaukee Brewers

  2. Minnesota Twins: Josh Willingham's knee still a concern

    Josh Willingham was in the Twins lineup for a second straight night Wednesday, but his balky left knee remains an issue following Sunday's cortisone injection.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Pioneer Press

  3. Minnesota Twins: Josh Willingham returns to lineup

    Josh Willingham was back in the Twins lineup Tuesday night, batting cleanup and playing left field, two days after taking a cortisone shot in his balky left knee.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Pioneer Press


  1. ...& Noble touted its two screens, one for navigation and one for reading, but Pogue said the small color touchscreen feels "disconnected" from the larger black-and-white screen above, the touchscreen is "balky and non-responsive," and it...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: David Pogue Source: Yahoo! Tech

  2. "I hit the ball really well and the putting was a little balky," Mize said. "But I did see a lot of positives. I'm going to build on that this week. I'm optimistic. I'm going to be working on (putting) the next two days."
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Larry Mize Source:

  3. "The law is to the flesh," says Calvin, "like a whip to an idle and balky ass, to arouse it to work. Even for a spiritual man not yet free of the weight of the flesh the law remains a constant sting that will not let him stand still."
    on Nov 15, 2006 By: John Calvin Source: Acton Institute

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