1. [ verb ] refuse to comply
Synonyms: balk jib resist
Related terms: disobey balker obstructionist resistance
2. [ noun ] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Synonyms: deterrent handicap impediment balk check hindrance
Related terms: difficulty obstacle drag albatross straitjacket bind obstruct handicap
3. [ noun ] the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
Synonyms: balk

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

Related terms: area pool_table
4. [ noun ] one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
Synonyms: rafter balk
Related terms: beam rafter
Similar spelling:   Balk