- 1[intransitive] baulk (at something) to be unwilling to do something or become involved in something because it is difficult, dangerous, etc. Many parents may baulk at the idea of paying $100 for a pair of shoes. He baulked for a moment. ‘I can’t afford it,’ he finally admitted.
- 2[intransitive] baulk (at something) (of a horse) to stop suddenly and refuse to jump a fence, etc.
- 3[transitive] baulk somebody (of something) [usually passive] (formal) to prevent somebody from getting something or doing something She looked like a lion baulked of its prey. Word Origin late Old English balc, from Old Norse bálkr
BrE BrE//bɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they baulk
BrE BrE//bɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːk//he / she / it baulks
BrE BrE//bɔːks//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːks//past simple baulked
BrE BrE//bɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːkt//past participle baulked
BrE BrE//bɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//bɔːkt//-ing form baulking
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːkɪŋ//