by Sid

Sleeping late and waking up early doesn’t always work, and today I learned it the hard way (oops). Honestly I’ve been fine sleeping approximately two to three hours a day but it seemed to me that today was one of those days I crash.

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Initial inference

Looking at the ending of the word, “ie,” I think that the word could be an adjective, although there is a possibility of it being a noun or a verb as well. As for the meaning, if we split the word up into parts, such as stym-ie, then at first glance, the first part doesn’t reveal any meaning to me based on prior knowledge, although the entire word itself sounds a bit negative in a sense. Maybe it means:

describing the texture of something in a negative connotation.

Definition and Pronunciation

verb | STYE-mee

  1. to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of

Example usage

I would use the word in a sentence as follows:

The COVID-19 situation has become a stymie to the functioning and survival of small businesses all over the world.


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