clueless

[kloo-lis]

adjective Informal.

ignorant, unaware, or uninformed: I remember thinking my mom was clueless when I was a teenager.

Nearby words

  1. cluck,
  2. clucky,
  3. clue,
  4. clue in,
  5. clued-up,
  6. cluj,
  7. cluj-napoca,
  8. clumber spaniel,
  9. clump,
  10. clumperton

Origin of clueless

First recorded in 1940–45; clue+ -less

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British Dictionary definitions for clueless

clueless

adjective

slang helpless; stupid
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Word Origin and History for clueless

clueless

adj.

1862, "trackless," from clue (n.) + -less. Meaning "ignorant, uninformed" is from 1943, said to be RAF slang from 1930s. Student slang use by 1985 is perhaps an independent extension along the same line. Related: Cluelessly; cluelessness.

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