Definition of Stymie

1. Noun. A situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole.

Exact synonyms: Stymy
Generic synonyms: Position, Situation



2. Verb. Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of. "His brother blocked him at every turn"

3. Noun. A thwarting and distressing situation.
Exact synonyms: Stymy
Generic synonyms: Obstacle, Obstruction

Definition of Stymie

1. n. The position of two balls on the putting green such that, being more than six inches apart, one ball lies directly between the other and the hole at which the latter must be played; also, the act of bringing the balls into this position.

2. v. t. To bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.

Definition of Stymie

1. Noun. An obstacle or obstruction. ¹

2. Noun. (golf) A situation where an opponent's ball is directly in the way of one's own ball and the hole, on the putting green. ¹

3. Verb. To thwart or stump; to cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stymie

1. to thwart [v -MIED, -MIEING, -MIES] - See also: thwart

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stymie

stylophone
stylophones
stylopodia
stylopodium
stylos
stylostatistical
stylostatistics
stylostixis
stylotypite
stylus
stylus printer
styluses
styme
stymed
stymes
stymie (current term)
stymied
stymieing
stymies
styming
stymy
stymying
styphnate
styphnates
styphnic
styphnic acid
stypsis
stypsises
styptic
styptic pencil

Literary usage of Stymie

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1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"G: Sargent. Outing 66:172-6 My '15 Secret of steady golf. JD Travers. 11 Am M il Country Life 28:19-23 S '15 stymie. ..."

2. The Complete Golfer by Harry Vardon (1908)
"... the mashie on the putting green—stymies—When they are negotiable and when not—The wisdom of playing for a half—Lofting over the stymie—Running through ..."

3. The Soul of Golf by Percy Adolphus Vaile (1912)
"The difficulty of the stymie, provided one's club is properly built—and ... The only time a stymie should present a difficulty to the golfer is when the ..."

4. The New Book on Golf by Horace Gordon Hutchinson (1912)
"No player can be considered a finished golfer who is not able to negotiate the ordinary stymie. Of course, under some conditions a stymie may be practically ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"stymie,—When one ball lies in a straight line between another and the hole the first is said to " stymie," or " to be ..."

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