- The definition of a stymie is an obstruction.
An example of a stymie is a problem that needs to be solved before the next step can be taken.
- To stymie is defined as to hinder or block.
An example of to stymie is to jump in front of someone to prevent her from taking cookies.
- Golf the condition that exists on a putting green when an opponent's ball lies in a direct line between the player's ball and the hole: since 1951, the obstructing ball may be picked up to permit a putt to be made
- any situation in which one is obstructed or frustrated
Origin of stymieprobably a use of earlier Scottish a person partially blind ; from styme ; from Middle English stime (sense obscure): the reference is to the blind shot caused by a stymie
transitive verbsty·mied, sty·mie·ing, sty·mies
- An obstacle or obstruction.
- Sports A situation in golf in which an opponent's ball obstructs the line of play of one's own ball on the putting green.
Origin of stymieOriginally, a golf ball obstructing one's line of play; perhaps akin to Scots stymie, person with poor vision (perhaps from styme, in to se nocht ane styme, not to see a glimmer (of something)).
(third-person singular simple present stymies, present participle stymieing, simple past and past participle stymied)