cue

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[ kyoo ]
/ kyu /

noun

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

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Idioms for cue

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cue

cue , queue

Definition for cue (2 of 3)

cue2
[ kyoo ]
/ kyu /

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 or braid of hair worn behind the head.
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

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First recorded in 1740–50; from French queue “tail,” Old French cöe, coue, from Latin cōda, popular form of cauda “tail”; cf. coward, queue

Definition for cue (3 of 3)

cue3
[ kyoo ]
/ kyu /

noun

the letter Q, q.

Origin of cue

3
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English cu; conventional adaptation in spelling of the letter name
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British Dictionary definitions for cue (1 of 2)

cue1
/ (kjuː) /

noun

verb cues, cueing or cued

Word Origin for cue

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

British Dictionary definitions for cue (2 of 2)

cue2
/ (kjuː) /

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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