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Definition of "balk" []

  • To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump. (verb-intransitive)
  • To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise. (verb-intransitive)
  • Sports To make an incomplete or misleading motion. (verb-intransitive)
  • Baseball To make an illegal motion before pitching, allowing one or more base runners to advance one base. (verb-intransitive)
  • To check or thwart by or as if by an obstacle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "balk" in a sentence
  • "Beckett got upset with West in the fifth inning after he called a balk on an attempted pickoff toss to first base."
  • ""I thought time was called (by the umpire), but it was obviously a pleasant surprise to see them call a balk," said Johnson."
  • ""I'd like to find out what he called a balk on me."