- 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: prob. a use of earlier Scot, a person partially blind from styme from Middle English stime (sense obscure): the reference is to the blind shot caused by a stymie
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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.