AskDefine | Define balker

Dictionary Definition

balker n : a person who refuses to comply [syn: baulker, noncompliant]

Extensive Definition

In English fishing customs, a conder, also called a huer or bulker, was a person who stood on high places near the sea coast, in times of herring-fishing, to signal to the fishers which way the shoal of herrings or pilchards passed—their course being more discernible to those who stand on high cliffs, due to the blue color they cause in the water, than to those aboard vessels.
The term was also used to refer to the raised location where a conder stood.

References

  • "Conder". Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 2nd ed. 1989.
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