verb (stymies, stymieing, stymied)[with object] • informal
- Prevent or hinder the progress of: the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatmentsMore example sentences
- He is confident the job will be completed by the end of the year, and even sooner had not the horrendous weather of recent months stymied their progress.
- I'm now working out smarter and harder, busting through strength plateaus that had stymied my progress for years.
- In the Dark Ages, in Europe, while the Inquisition reigned, progress was stymied.
mid 19th century (originally a golfing term, denoting a situation on the green where a ball obstructs the shot of another player): of unknown origin.