clue

[kloo]
verb (used with object), clued, clu·ing.
  1. to direct or point out by a clue.
  2. clew(def 7).
Verb Phrases
  1. clue in,
    1. to provide with useful or reliable information: Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
    2. to make familiar or aware: Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?

Origin of clue

variant spelling of clew

Synonyms for clue

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Historical Examples of 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!


British Dictionary definitions for cluing

clue

noun
  1. something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
  2. not to have a clue
    1. to be completely baffled
    2. to be completely ignorant or incompetent
verb clues, cluing or clued
  1. (tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of clew

Word Origin for clue

C15: variant of clew
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Word Origin and History for cluing

clue

n.

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.

clue

v.

"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.

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