[ kloo ]
/ klu /
anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
verb (used with object), clued, clu·ing.
to direct or point out by a clue.
- 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?
What Are Context Clues?What are context clues? Context clues are hints that an author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word within a book. The clue may appear within the same sentence as the word to which it refers or it may follow in the next sentence. Because most of our vocabulary is gained through reading, it is important that we are able to recognize and take …
Origin of clue
variant spelling of clew
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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|Elaine Sterne
British Dictionary definitions for cluing
/ (kluː) /
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
verb clues, cluing or clued
(tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
a variant spelling of clew
Word Origin for clue
C15: variant of clew
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