Synonyms for Balk:

n.

quit, discontinue, give up, drop, abandon, demur, break off, cease. disinclination, be in no hurry, shy away, scorn, have/want no truck with, deign, repel, fight shy of something, grudge. HIT, fly, ground out, foul, bat, double, bunt, catch. balk (noun)
check, jib, impediment, hindrance, resist, baulk, handicap, rafter, deterrent.
beam (noun)
rafter.
location (noun)
baulk.

v.

hesitate (verb)
wait, pause, shrink, recoil, delay, hesitate, falter, halt.
social (verb)
baulk, resist, jib.
stop short (verb)
hesitate, demur, resist, recoil.
thwart (verb)
check, defeat.

Other synonyms:

baseball, ball girl, at-bat, bunt, scorn, batboy, ball boy, ground out, disinclination, deign. bat, ballpark, checkmate, baseline, stymie, grudge, repel. ball, stump. defeat. foul. cross. fly. base. catch. double, HIT. back down
give up.
disagree
demur.
hesitate
shy away.

Usage examples for balk

  1. What Uncle Joe really determined to do, not even the austere housekeeper could balk – Carolyn of the Corners by Ruth Belmore Endicott
  2. Suppose I were so shameless as to balk The meditated climax of the plot? – Love's Comedy by Henrik Ibsen
  3. Unwedded to my dying day I must, my father dear, remain; 'Tis well, if so thou will'st, but say Can man balk Fate, or break its chain? – Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt