Balk, Baulk, and Bulk
Balk, Baulk, and BulkWhat is the difference between "balk," "baulk," and "bulk"?
- "To Balk" (most commonly seen as "to balk at") means "to be unwilling to" or "to take exception to." For example:
- He balked at presenting his idea to the company. ()
- "Baulk" is the British English version of "balk."
- He baulked at presenting his idea to the company. ()
- "Bulk" means "a large mass or quantity." It also means "the greater part of something." For example:
- He gets his bulk from eating chicken.
- I made the bulk of the payment this afternoon.
- I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. (Singer Smokey Robinson)
- Presidents with strong nerves are decisive. They don't balk at unpopular decisions. They are willing to make people angry. (Singer Fred Barnes)
- A beam of timber that has been roughly squared.
- An unlawful action by a baseball pitcher to deceive a base runner.
- An unploughed ridge between furrows.
- An area on a billiard table.
- A miss or a failure.
- Those who live outside of London baulk at the cost of living. ()
- I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure. (Physicist Steven Chu)
- The mind is like an iceberg. It floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. (Sigmund Freud) (Here, "bulk" is a noun.)
- For the last 10 years, I have had to bulk up for roles. As I'm naturally skinny, I have eaten many chickens! (Actor Hugh Jackman) (Here, "bulk" is a verb.)
To Balk AtThe verb "to balk" (which is nearly always paired with the preposition "at") means to be unwilling to or to take exception to.
Example sentences with "balk":
Baulk"Baulk" is a British spelling of "balk." Most Canadians prefer "balk," while most Australians prefer "baulk."
Example sentences with "baulk":
BulkThe noun "bulk" describes a large mass or the greater quantity of something. It can also be used as verb meaning to make something bigger. As a verb, it is usually paired with the preposition "up."
Example sentences with "bulk":