Complete Definition of "balk"

English

Alternative spellings
baulk

Pronunciation
IPA|/bÉËk/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉËk|-ÉËk

Etymology
Middle English balke, Old English balca, cognate with Old High German balko, German Balken "balk," Italian balcone "balcony"

Noun
en-noun

  1. ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
  2. beam.
  3. hindrance.
  4. blunder.
  5. baseball an illegal motion intended to deceive a runner.

Verb
en-verb

  1. archaic to pass over or by.
  2. to stop, check, block.
  3. to stop short and refuse to go on.
  4. to refuse suddenly.

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