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noun

verb (used with object), cued, cu·ing.


Nearby words

  1. cudgerie,
  2. cudjo,
  3. cudlipp,
  4. cudweed,
  5. cudworth,
  6. cue ball,
  7. cue bid,
  8. cue card,
  9. cue in,
  10. cue sheet

Idioms

    cue (someone) in, Informal. to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to: Cue him in on the plans for the dance.
    miss a cue,
    1. to fail to respond to a cue.
    2. Informal.to miss the point: You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.

Origin of cue

1
1545–55; spelled name of the letter q as an abbreviation (found in acting scripts) of Latin quandō when

Can be confusedcue Kew queue

cue

2
[kyoo]

noun

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.

verb (used with object), cued, cu·ing.

to tie into a queue.
to strike with a cue.

Origin of cue

2
1725–35; < French queue tail, Old French coue < Latin cōda, earlier cauda tail; cf. coward, queue

cue

3
[kyoo]

noun

the letter Q, q.

Origin of cue

3
1400–50; late Middle English cu; conventional adaptation in spelling of the letter name

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British Dictionary definitions for cue

cue

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noun

  1. (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
  2. 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

verb cues, cueing or cued

(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!"

Word Origin for cue

C16: probably from name of the letter q, used in an actor's script to represent Latin quando when

noun

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

verb cues, cueing or cued

to drive (a ball) with a cue
(tr) to twist or tie (the hair) into a cue

Word Origin for cue

C18: variant of queue

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Word Origin and History for cue
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