- anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action: An off-stage door slam was his cue to enter.
- anything that excites to action; stimulus.
- a hint; intimation; guiding suggestion.
- the part a person is to play; a prescribed or necessary course of action.
- a sensory signal used to identify experiences, facilitate memory, or organize responses.
- Archaic. frame of mind; mood.
- to provide with a cue or indication; give a cue to; prompt: Will you cue me on my lines?
- to insert, or direct to come in, in a specific place in a musical or dramatic performance (usually followed by in or into): to cue in a lighting effect.
- to search for and reach (a specific track on a recording) (sometimes followed by up).
- cue (someone) in, Informal. to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to: Cue him in on the plans for the dance.
- miss a cue,
- to fail to respond to a cue.
- Informal.to miss the point: You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.
Origin of cue1
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- a long, tapering rod, tipped with a soft leather pad, used to strike the ball in billiards, pool, etc.
- a long, usually wooden stick with a concave head, used to propel the disks in shuffleboard.
- a queue of hair.
- a queue or file, as of persons awaiting their turn.
- to tie into a queue.
- to strike with a cue.
Origin of cue2
- the letter Q, q.
Origin of cue3
Examples from the Web for cue
Cue heartbroken Galavant engorging himself on booze and mutton back home.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
The blast was a stupefying white flash followed by a body-shaking howl, and it was the cue for a maelstrom of metallic shrieks.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
She did not weep on cue in public when Monteith died, or seek sympathy.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
Affleck, as if on cue, challenged Harris: “Are you the person who understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam?”Bill Maher 1, Ben Affleck 0
October 5, 2014
Cue a series of shots of these veteran actors dusting off their best revenge faces.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
Provost heard my "cue" on the stage, and pushed me gently forward.My Double Life
She left things as they were, taking her cue from the boy in despite of her desire.A Spirit in Prison
Simonne gives the cue: 'Here are the guests,' and I come in.
Stephen, taking his cue from his sister, was morose and silent, also.Cap'n Warren's Wards
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Even M. Binet appeared to be waiting for a cue from Scaramouche.Scaramouche
- (in the theatre, films, music, etc) anything spoken or done that serves as a signal to an actor, musician, etc, to follow with specific lines or action
- on cueat the right moment
- a signal or reminder to do something
- psychol the part of any sensory pattern that is identified as the signal for a response
- the part, function, or action assigned to or expected of a person
- (tr) to give a cue or cues to (an actor)
- (usually foll by in or into) to signal (to something or somebody) at a specific moment in a musical or dramatic performanceto cue in a flourish of trumpets
- (tr) to give information or a reminder to (someone)
- (intr) to signal the commencement of filming, as with the word "Action!"
- billiards snooker a long tapered shaft with a leather tip, used to drive the balls
- hair caught at the back forming a tail or braid
- US a variant spelling of queue
- to drive (a ball) with a cue
- (tr) to twist or tie (the hair) into a cue
Word Origin and History for cue
"stage direction," 1550s, from Q, which was used 16c., 17c. in stage plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably as an abbreviation of Latin quando "when" (see quandary) or a similar Latin adverb. Shakespeare has it as both Q and cue.
"billiard stick," 1749, variant of queue (n.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.
1928, from cue (n.1). Related: Cued, cueing.