- anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
- clew(defs 1–4, 6, 12).
- to direct or point out by a clue.
- clew(def 7).
- clue in,
- to provide with useful or reliable information: Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
- to make familiar or aware: Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?
Origin of clue
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Examples from the Web for cluing
A new bunch of men had arrived—we felt like veterans as we gave them a hand at cluing their hammocks—and say, advice!Over the Seas for Uncle Sam
- something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
- not to have a clue
- to be completely baffled
- to be completely ignorant or incompetent
- (tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
- a variant spelling of clew
Word Origin and History for cluing
1590s, spelling variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.
"to inform someone of the important facts," usually with in, 1934, from clue (n.). Related: Clued; cluing. Earlier in now-obsolete sense of "follow or track by clues" (1660s). In nautical use, "to haul up (a sail) by means of the clue-lines," from clue (n.) in the "wound ball of yarn" sense.