[ stahy-mee ]
/ ˈstaɪ mi /

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

Definition for stymying (2 of 2)


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. 2020

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

British Dictionary definitions for stymying



/ (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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