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balk (disobey)

Definition:

to refuse to comply

Class:

social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Related to:

balker

Past tense:

balked

Present participle:

balking

3rd-person singular present:

balks

Type of:

disobey » refuse » react » act

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

baulk | jib | reest [Scotland] | resist

Etymology:

Old English balca "ridge, bank", from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of balk...

Definition references  (+images)

Merriam-Webster:

balk [entry 1, noun] | baulk [British] | reest [Scottish] | beam [synonym, sense-specific] | hindrance [synonym, sense-specific] | rafter [synonym, sense-specific] | check [synonym, sense-specific] | encumbrance [synonym, sense-specific] | bar [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a ridge of land left unplowed as a dividing line or through carelessness | "beam", "rafter" | "hindrance", "check" | the space behind the balkline on ... (23 of 217 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/balk

Collins Dictionary:

reest [intransitive, northern England, dialect, horses] | reast

to be noisily uncooperative (4 of 187 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/reest

Random House Dictionary:

reest | reist [sense-specific] | balk [synonym, sense-specific]

[Scottish, northern England] : to cure, smoke, or dry (meat or fish). | "reest" : [Scottish, northern England, horses] to stop or refuse to go; balk. (25 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/reest

Wikipedia:

Jib

a triangular staysail that sets ahead of the foremast of a sailing vessel. Its tack is fixed to the bowsprit, to the bow, or to the deck between the bowsprit and the foremost mast. Jibs and spinnakers are the two main types of headsails on a modern... (47 of 585 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Jib

Jib (disambiguation)

can refer to: Jib, a triangular sail at the front of a sailing boat | Jib (camera), a boom device with a camera on one end | Jib (person), an individual who has gained popularity via the internet | Jib (village), in the West Bank | Jib, Iran, in Qazvin... (46 of 191 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Jib (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

jib | jibs [plural] | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibe [archaic, sense-specific]

Of a horse, to stop and refuse to go forward. | [figurative] To stop doing something, to become reluctant to proceed with an activity. (23 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation, 2 images)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/jib

Britannica Encyclopedia:

jib [sail]

in sailing ships, triangular sail rigged to a stay extending from the foremast, or foretopmast, to the bowsprit or to a spar, the jibboom, that is an ... (27 of 142 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/303769​/jib

New World Dictionary:

jib | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibber [noun, related]

the projecting arm of a crane | the boom of a derrick | [nautical] to jibe (a sail or boom) | a triangular sail secured to a stay forward of the mast ... (29 of 116 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/jib

jib

the projecting arm of a crane | the boom of a derrick (11 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/jibbed

Oxford Dictionary:

jib [entry 1, sailing] | the cut of someone's jib

a triangular staysail set forward of the mast. | the projecting arm of a crane. | "the cut of someone's jib" [informal, dated] : someone's appearance ... (24 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/jib

jib [entry 1] | the cut of someone's jib

Syllabification: (jib) | [sailing] : a triangular staysail set forward of the forwardmost mast. | the projecting arm of a crane. | "the cut of ... (22 of 64 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/jib

jib [entry 2] | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibs [3rd-person singular present] | jibber [derived]

[animals, horses] stop and refuse to go on | [persons] be unwilling to do or accept something (16 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/jib--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

jib | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibs [3rd-person singular present] | jibber [noun, related]

[nautical] A triangular sail stretching from the foretopmast head to the jib boom and in small craft to the bowsprit or the bow. | The arm of a ... (27 of 64 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/jib

Macmillan British Dictionary:

jib [countable] | jibs [plural]

a small triangular sail near the front of a boat | the long arm of a crane used in building (19 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/jib

jib [intransitive, verb] | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibs [3rd-person singular present]

to swing a sail from one side of a boat to the other | [British] if a horse jibs when it's being ridden, it stops suddenly and refuses to move forward (30 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/jib 6

Cambridge Dictionary:

jib [entry 1, specialized]

a small triangular sail on a boat, in front of the main sail (13 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/jib 1

jib [entry 2, specialized]

a long horizontal frame that sticks out from a crane and from which the hook hangs (16 of 26 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/jib 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:

psychoanalysis | ego | fixation | id | infantile sexuality | resistance | superego

name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud ... (20 of 194 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0840390​.html

resistance

property of an electric conductor by which it opposes a flow of electricity and dissipates electrical energy away from the circuit, usually as heat. ... (24 of 149 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0841587​.html

immunity | agglutination | antigen | complement | epitope | lysozyme | nonsusceptibility | resistance

ability of an organism to resist disease by identifying and destroying foreign substances or organisms. Although all animals have some immune ... (21 of 57 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0825027​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

jib [entry 1] | jibs [plural]

a small triangular sail in front of the main or only mast on a sailing ship or sailboat (18 of 35 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861623130​/definition​.html  [offline]

jib [entry 2] | jibs [plural]

the projecting arm of a crane (6 of 22 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861623129​/definition​.html  [offline]

jib [entry 3] | jibbed [past tense] | jibbing [present participle] | jibs [3rd-person singular present]

to stop and refuse to move on (refers to animals) | to be reluctant to do something (16 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861623131​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

balk

Origin: Old English balca "ridge, bank", from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land", especially between two plowed furrows, both from ... (22 of 128 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=balk

baulk

Origin: alternative spelling of "balk", especially in billiards, in reference to a bad shot.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=baulk

Oxford Dictionary:

balk | baulk [British] | balk someone of [British]

Origin: late Old English balc, from Old Norse bálkr "partition". The original use was "unploughed ridge", later "land left unploughed by ... (20 of 48 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/balk

Wiktionary:

balk | balks [plural] | balked [past tense] | balking [present participle]

Origin: Middle English balke, Old English balca, either from or influenced by Old Norse bálkr ("partition, ridge of land"), from Proto-Germanic *balkô. Cognate with German Balken ("balk"), Italian balcone... (28 of 36 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/balk

baulk | baulks [plural] | baulked [past tense] | baulking [present participle]

Origin: See balk

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/baulk

New World Dictionary:

balk

Origin: Middle English balke from Old English balca, a bank, ridge from Indo-European *bhelg- (extended stem of *bhel-, a beam) ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/balk

American Heritage Dictionary:

balk | balked [past tense] | balking [present participle] | balks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English balken, to plow up in ridges, from balk, ridge, from Old English balca and from Old Norse balkr, beam.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/balk

Collins Dictionary:

balk | baulk

Origin: Old English balca; related to Old Norse bálkr partition, Old High German balco beam

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/balk

Merriam-Webster:

balk [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English balke, from Old English balca; akin to Old High German balko beam, Latin fulcire to prop, Greek phalanx log, phalanx

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/balk

Encarta Dictionary:

balk | balks [plural] | baulks [plural] | balked [past tense] | baulked [past tense] | balking [present participle] | baulking [present participle]

Origin: Old English balca "ridge" and Old Norse bálkr "beam, bar" from Indo-European, "beam"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695841​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

balk [intransitive] | balked [past tense] | balking [present participle] | balks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "balk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/balk

baulk

Audio: North American pronunciation of "baulk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/baulk

Macmillan British Dictionary:

balk

Audio: British English pronunciation of "balk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/balk

baulk [intransitive] | baulked [past tense] | baulking [present participle] | baulks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "baulk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/baulk

the Free Dictionary:

balk

Audio: British English pronunciation of "balk"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/balk

baulk

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "baulk"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "baulk"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "baulk" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/baulk

Google Dictionary:

balk | balks [plural] | baulks [plural] | baulked [past tense] | balked [past tense] | balking [present participle] | baulking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "balk"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=balk

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

balk

Audio: North American pronunciation of "balk"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=balk​0001 word=balk

YourDictionary Audio:

balk

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "balk" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/balk

baulk

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "baulk"

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Collins Dictionary:

baulk [for definition 1] | balk

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "baulk"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "baulk"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/baulk

Cambridge Dictionary:

baulk

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "baulk"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "baulk"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/baulk

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