(noun, verb)


1. the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

- a player with ball in hand must play from the balk

Similar word(s): baulk

Definition categories: location, area, expanse

2. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Similar word(s): baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Definition categories: thought, difficulty

3. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Similar word(s): baulk, rafter

Definition categories: man–made, beam

4. an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Definition categories: act, delivery, pitch


1. refuse to comply

Similar word(s): baulk, jib, resist

Definition categories: social, disobey

Sentences with balk as a verb:

- The horse balked.

- to balk expectation