The definition of a stymie is an obstruction.(noun)
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.(verb)
An example of to stymie is to jump in front of someone to prevent her from taking cookies.
See stymie in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: prob. a use of earlier Scot, a person partially blind < styme < ME stime (sense obscure): the reference is to the blind shot caused by a stymie
See stymie in American Heritage Dictionary 4
also sty·mytransitive verb sty·mied (-mēd), sty·mie·ing also sty·my·ing (-mē-ĭng), sty·mies (-mēz)
Origin: Origin unknown.
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