Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stymie”

stymie

verb [T often passive]     /ˈstaɪ.mi/ (past tense and past participle stymieing) informal
to prevent something from happening or someone from achieving a purpose: In our search for evidence, we were stymied by the absence of any recent documents.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of stymie verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of stymie

Definitions of “stymie” in other dictionaries

Translations of “stymie”

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More