Balk - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɔːk|  American pronunciation of the word balk
Brit.  |ˈbɔːk|  British pronunciation of the word balk


- the area on a billiard table behind the balkline (syn: baulk)
a player with ball in hand must play from the balk
- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress (syn: baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hindrance, impediment)
- one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof (syn: baulk, rafter)
- an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base


- refuse to comply (syn: baulk, jib, resist)

Extra examples

...the extravagant centerpiece proved to be a balk to the flow of conversation...

The horse balked and would not jump the fence.

The runner on third base tried to make the pitcher balk.

Jim balked at paying such a lot of money to join the club.

A bait you cannot balk.

They shall not balk my entrance.

Lord Talbot was not much balked with this rebuke.

Time after time our hopes are balked.

Many people would balk at setting up a new business during a recession.

Westerners balk at the prospect of snake on the menu.

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