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[stahy-mee] /ˈstaɪ mi/
Golf. (on a putting green) an instance of a ball's lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt.
a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
verb (used with object), stymied, stymieing.
to hinder, block, or thwart.
Also, stymy, stimy.
Origin of stymie
1855-60; origin uncertain
3. stump, mystify, frustrate, confound.


[stahy-mee] /ˈstaɪ mi/
noun, plural stymies, verb (used with object), stymied, stymying.
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  • The desire to forget one's troubles may be stymied by having less money to do it.
  • With both sides stymied by not being able to directly reach the other, the war went underground.
  • Free access increases it, and should be encouraged rather than stymied.
  • There is hardly a sector of the economy now that has not been stymied by high interest rates.
  • But it was stymied by monsoonal rains and fierce resistance.
  • Previous attempts to identify this process were stymied by inexact methods.
  • It isn't clear what has stymied an agreement in the nearly year-long discussions, or what might be changing now.
  • Since then environmentalists have repeatedly stymied efforts to increase production.
  • Fulfilling that desire has, however, stymied experts for decades.
  • Suspicions in both countries have stymied any peace talks.
British Dictionary definitions for stymied


verb (transitive; often passive) -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying, -mied
to hinder or thwart
(golf) to impede with a stymie
noun (pl) -mies
(golf) (formerly) a situation on the green in which an opponent's ball is blocking the line between the hole and the ball about to be played: an obstructing ball may now be lifted and replaced by a marker
a situation of obstruction
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for stymied


1834, (n.), "condition in which an opponent's golf ball blocks the hole," perhaps from Scottish stymie "person who sees poorly," from stime "the least bit" (c.1300), of uncertain origin (Icelandic cognate skima is attested from c.1685). The verb, in golf, is from 1857; general sense of "block, hinder, thwart" is from 1902.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stymied



To act or play in a showy, flamboyant way; hot dog, showboat: You got an A in physics! You're styling! (1970s+ Black)

Related Terms

cramp someone's style, dog fashion, like it's going out of style

[put on style, ''to act in a boastful way,'' is found by 1871]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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