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 stymied
Some might argue that close study is stymied by sensitive feelings and the need to respect, sort of, the groups studied.Doctors Have No Answers for Colombian Teens' Mass Hysteria
September 3, 2014
The California law only applies to minors and was signed into law in 2012 but has since been stymied by legal obstacles.Supreme Court Declines to Hear Anti-Gay Quacks
June 30, 2014
So the environmentalism that once worked so well is stymied by climate change.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical
April 26, 2014
The administration insisted it was stymied by congressional restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantanamo.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
But he was also driven by revenge: he had been stymied in his career, and was furious he had never been made a general.The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It
November 3, 2013
I had to admit I was stymied, and I got so I didn't give a whoop.Nine Men in Time
Noel Miller Loomis
Exman sends us ample warning of a disaster and we're stymied!Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X
Stan began to think they were stymied when all Hades broke loose from above.A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.
Rutherford G. Montgomery
I stymied myself from the hut by a bush and looked over my shoulder for the best line of retreat.The Escaping Club
A. J. Evans
Bonaparte played eight, missed a putt for a nine, stymied himself in a ten, holed out in twelve and I went down in five.Mr. Munchausen
John Kendrick Bangs
- 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 stymied
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.