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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Stopping short and refusing to go on.

Usage examples (35)
  • Despite the balky start, pen computing will happen.
  • It ain't no wonder boys is bad, an 'balky as a mule;
  • His insides were probably in their usual balky state.
  • He found a way to get a balky Congress to do his will. for more
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  • The "bulky" (big, heavy) pony was "balky" (uncooperative).
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