cue

1
[kyoo]
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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

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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

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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Examples from the Web for cues

Contemporary Examples of cues

Historical Examples of cues

  • I knew nothing of all this, and wondered who was to give me the cues for Agns.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I looked round for my partner who was to give me my cues, and together we made our entry.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A dozen cues stood upright in a military position on a stand.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge

  • But, while we have time, tell me my cues, for I share your opinion of the Duke of Alva.

    The Ghost Breaker

    Charles Goddard

  • Cues had to be given him to distinguish this among his crowded memories.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann


British Dictionary definitions for cues

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

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 cues

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.

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