transitive verb sty·mie \ˈstī-mē\

: 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

  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>

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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