balker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balker a person who refuses to comply
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Balker A person who stands on a rock or eminence to espy the shoals of herring, etc., and to give notice to the men in boats which way they pass; a conder; a huer.
    • n Balker One who, or that which, balks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balker One who balks, in any sense of the verb.
    • n balker A man stationed on a cliff or an eminence to look out for shoals of herrings or pilchards, and signal the direction taken by them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See last Balk

Usage

In literature:

Your name is Mr. Balker, the mate of the Rattler, the blockade-runner from which we escaped in a whaleboat.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
A watcher of fishes, the same as balker, huer, and olpis.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In news:

Trash bin balkers resistant to change.
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