Balky



given to balking; stubborn; obstinate:
a balky mule.
Contemporary Examples

Then, with wind blowing him out horizontal under the wing, he hooks a boot on that balky wheel, kicks the mother home.
The Ballad of Johnny France Richard Ben Cramer January 11, 2014

Historical Examples

O foolish minister, trying in that way to manage a balky parishioner!
Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage

You buy a lot of half-broken, bucking, balky teams because you can get ’em cheap.
A California Girl Edward Eldridge

But you know it’s the truth that I’m balky at giving up everything in sight.
August First Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray

It leaked, and it steered like a balky mule, but what of that?
A Ticket to Adventure Roy J. Snell

The horse proved to be an obstreperous, balky thing, and as contrary as a mule.
Twenty Years of Hus’ling J. P. Johnston

Stover came to a balky stop, hastily snatching away his derby.
Stover at Yale Owen Johnson

I remember a balky horse that used sometimes to be in the livery barn in the city.
White Dandy; or, Master and I Velma Caldwell Melville

A balky horse ought not to be trusted to a child of your age.’
The Wandering Jew, Complete Eugene Sue

She simply rolled down to the first incline and stopped there like a balky mule.
Cabin Fever B. M. Bower

adjective balkier, balkiest, baulkier, baulkiest
inclined to stop abruptly and unexpectedly: a balky horse
adj.

1847, from balk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Balkily; balkiness.

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