- 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.
stymie definition by Webster's New World
- 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: probably 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
stymie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also sty·mytransitive verb sty·mied , sty·mie·ing also sty·my·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: Origin unknown.