anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
(defs 1–4, 6, 12).
verb (used with object), clued, cluing.
to direct or point out by a clue.
something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
not to have a clue
verb clues, cluing, clued
(transitive; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
a variant spelling of clew
1590s, spelling variant of clew “a ball of thread or yarn,” in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of “that which points the way” is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.
“to inform someone of the important facts,” usually with in, 1934, from clue (n.). Related: Clued; cluing. Earlier in now-obsolete sense of “follow or track by clues” (1660s). In nautical use, “to haul up (a sail) by means of the clue-lines,” from clue (n.) in the “wound ball of yarn” sense.
(also clue in) To inform someone of pertinent facts; PUT someone IN THE PICTURE: I’ll clue ya/ Neil Sheehan and I were terribly clued-in. We had a lock on that story (1940s+)
get a clue, have a clue, not have a clue
[kloo zh-nah-paw-kah] /ˈklʊʒ nɑˈpɔ kɑ/ noun 1. a city in NW Romania. /klʊʃ; kluːʒ/ noun 1. an industrial city in NW Romania, on the Someşul-Mic River: former capital of Transylvania. Pop: 297 000 (2005 est) German name Klausenburg Hungarian name Kolozsvár
[kloo zh-nah-paw-kah] /ˈklʊʒ nɑˈpɔ kɑ/ noun 1. a city in NW Romania.
[kluhm-ber] /ˈklʌm bər/ noun 1. one of an English breed of short-legged, stocky spaniels having a chiefly white coat, used especially for retrieving game. /ˈklʌmbə/ noun 1. a type of thickset spaniel having a broad heavy head Often shortened to clumber
[kluhmp] /klʌmp/ noun 1. a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants. 2. a lump or mass. 3. a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc. 4. Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc. 5. a thick extra sole on a shoe. verb (used without object) 6. Also, clomp. to […]