Definition of balky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

balky

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlki//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlki//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈbɔːki//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːki//
 
(North American English)
 
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(of a person or machine) refusing or failing to do what you want them to do
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: balky