Definition of stymie in English:

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stymie

Pronunciation: /ˈstīmē/

verb (stymies, stymieing, stymied)

[with object] informal
Prevent or hinder the progress of: the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments
More 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.

Origin

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.

Words that rhyme with stymie

blimey, gorblimey, grimy, limey, slimy, thymy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sty·mie

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