cue

1
[kyoo]

noun

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


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

Synonyms for cue

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British Dictionary definitions for cue in

cue

1

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

cue

2

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 in

cue

n.1

"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.

cue

n.2

"billiard stick," 1749, variant of queue (n.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.

cue

v.

1928, from cue (n.1). Related: Cued, cueing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cue in

cue in

Give information or instructions, for example, She said she'd cue us in on their summer plans. This verbal use of the noun cue in the sense of “guiding suggestion” dates from the 1920s.

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