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
impede, interfere with, hamper, hinder, obstruct, inhibit, frustrate, thwart, foil, spoil, stall, shackle, fetter, stop, check, block, cripple, handicap, scotchBritish • informal scupper, throw a spanner in the works ofNorth American • informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of
- 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.