or sty·my, sti·my
verb (used with object), sty·mied, sty·mie·ing.
Origin of stymie
Synonyms for stymie
noun, plural sty·mies, verb (used with object), sty·mied, sty·my·ing.
Related Words for stymiesobstruct, thwart, stonewall, foil, stall, impede, crimp, mystify, prevent, cramp, stump, nonplus, defeat, pigeonhole, confound, corner, crab, shelve, balk, puzzle
Examples from the Web for stymies
Contemporary Examples of stymies
How will the country cope with the immense energy shortage that stymies economic opportunity for a restless nation?Pakistan’s Crucial Elections: There’s Much at Stake for the U.S.
May 10, 2013
Historical Examples of stymies
I believe it is the law that there are no stymies in a three-ball match.The Man Who Rose Again
There is one remark which James Braid makes about stymies which I should like to refer to here.
Eight of ten stymies should present no more difficulty than an ordinary put.
The fact which must be driven home is that some stymies are negotiable and others are not—not by any player or by any method.
If the ball that stymies you is on the lip and your own is three yards away, it is obvious that you cannot pitch over it.
verb -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying or -mied (tr; often passive)
noun plural -mies
Word Origin for stymie
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.