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stymie

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transitive verb sty·mie \ˈstī-mē\

Simple Definition of stymie

  • : to stop (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stymie

stymiedstymieing

  1. :  to present an obstacle to :  stand in the way of <stymied by red tape>

Examples of stymie in a sentence

  1. Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.

  2. <the raging blizzard stymied the rescuers' attempts to find the stranded mountain climbers>



Did You Know?

Golf was being played in Scotland as early as the 15th century, but it wasn't until the 19th century that the sport really caught on in England and North America. It was also in the 19th century that the word stymie entered English as a noun referring to a golfing situation in which one player's ball lies between another ball and the hole on the putting green, thereby blocking the line of play. Later, stymie came to be used as a verb meaning "to bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie." By the early 20th century, the verb was being applied in similarly vexing non-golf contexts.

Origin of stymie

Scots stimie, stymie to obstruct a golf shot by interposition of the opponent's ball


First Known Use: 1902

Rhymes with stymie



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