Simple Definition of stymie
: to stop (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening
Full Definition of stymie
: to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of <stymied by red tape>
Examples of stymie
Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
<the raging blizzard stymied the rescuers' attempts to find the stranded mountain climbers>
Origin of stymie
Scots stimie, stymie to obstruct a golf shot by interposition of the opponent's ball
First Known Use: 1902
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