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balk

balk

 
 
pronunciation:
bawk
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: balked, balking, balks
definition 1: to stop suddenly and refuse to proceed.
The horse balked at the unfamiliar gate.
synonyms:
hesitate, pause, stop
similar words:
blench, evade, flinch, halt, refuse
definition 2: to refuse or be unwilling to do some act (usu. fol. by at).
My son is balking at doing his chores.
synonyms:
evade, resist, shirk, shrink from, steer clear of
similar words:
dodge, refuse, stall
definition 3: in baseball, to commit a balk.
similar words:
fake, feint
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to block the progress of; hinder; impede.
The committee's work was balked by his constant objections.
synonyms:
check, frustrate, hinder, impede, stop, stymie
antonyms:
assist, forward
similar words:
bar, bilk, block, defeat, disappoint, eschew, foil, obstruct, prevent, stall, thwart
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything that blocks or stops forward progress; hindrance; defeat.
The president's veto was a balk to the proposed law.
synonyms:
defeat, hindrance, obstacle
similar words:
bar, check, drawback, impediment, obstruction
definition 2: in baseball, an unpermitted, usu. deceptive, motion by a pitcher with one or more runners on base.
similar words:
fake, feint
definition 3: a heavy beam or timber used in building construction.
synonyms:
beam, timber
similar words:
rafter, two-by-four
derivations: balkingly (adv.), balker (n.)