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  1. anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.: It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim.

  2. a phrase or word provided as a hint to help find an answer or response in a crossword puzzle, on a game show, etc.: The celebrity editor's name was featured as a clue on the long-running quiz show.

  1. an insight into or knowledge about something: As a kid from the suburbs, Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn't have a clue how to survive on his own.

verb (used with object),clued, clu·ing.
  1. to direct or point out by a clue.

  2. to help find (an answer in a puzzle or quiz) by providing a clue: The four-letter “nose” was clued as “characteristic smell of wine.”

Verb Phrases
  1. 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

First recorded in 1350–1400; variant spelling of clew

Other words for clue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clue in a sentence

  • 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 clue


/ (kluː) /

  1. something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery

  2. not to have a clue

    • to be completely baffled

    • to be completely ignorant or incompetent

verbclues, cluing or clued
  1. (tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information

noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of clew

Origin of clue

C15: variant of clew

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