[ stahy-mee ]
/ ˈstaɪ mi /

noun, plural sti·mies, verb (used with object), sti·mied, sti·my·ing.

Nearby words

  1. stimulative,
  2. stimulator,
  3. stimulus,
  4. stimulus generalization,
  5. stimulus sensitive myoclonus,
  6. stine,
  7. sting,
  8. stingaree,
  9. stinger,
  10. stinging capsule


or sty·my, sti·my

[ stahy-mee ]
/ ˈstaɪ mi /


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.

verb (used with object), sty·mied, sty·mie·ing.

to hinder, block, or thwart.

Origin of stymie

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain

SYNONYMS FOR stymie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

    Fifty Years of Golf|Horace G. Hutchinson
  • But he was one up with four to play, and then I laid him a stimy.

    Fifty Years of Golf|Horace G. Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for stimy



/ (ˈstaɪmɪ) /

verb -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying or -mied (tr; often passive)

to hinder or thwart
golf to impede with a stymie

noun plural -mies

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 for stymie

C19: of uncertain origin

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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.

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