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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stymie
  • Now researchers are finding that they can easily stymie the oxidation process and defuse cholesterol.
  • So much gas-primarily hydrogen-that if it builds up, it can stymie the fermenting bacteria's further growth.
  • If you want to protect a particular animal species, and stymie normal evolution, that's fine.
  • Be aware however that government bureaucrats can try to stymie your request.
  • One consequence of that slow-down would be to stymie the development of cancerous tumours.
  • Depth isn't the only factor that can stymie attempts to plug an oil leak.
  • Many users opt instead to use online anonymity services that stymie tracking agents.
  • You'll encounter obstacles that might stymie some individuals.
  • Coalitions of small countries will no longer be able to stymie the big ones.
  • The threat of legal action has been enough in some cases to stymie a transaction.
British Dictionary definitions for stymie


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 stymie

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 stymie



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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