or sty·my, sti·my
- 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.
- to hinder, block, or thwart.
Origin of stymie
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Examples from the Web for stimy
But he was one up with four to play, and then I laid him a stimy.
He laid me a stimy, with his ball so near the hole that the only chance was to pitch my own ball right into the hole.
- to hinder or thwart
- golf to impede with a stymie
- 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 and History for stimy
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.