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 stymying
So much so that they might be disregarded entirely—thus retying the Gordian knots that were stymying the armament program.The Final Figure
Samuel Kimball Merwin
- 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 stymying
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.