An example of a clue is telling someone they're getting warmer when looking for a hidden gift.
Origin of cluevariant, variety of clew
transitive verbclued, clu′ing
- to indicate by or as by a clue
- Informal to provide with the necessary information: often with in
transitive verbclued, clue·ing, or clu·ing clues
Origin of clueVariant of clew 1 ( from Theseus's use of a ball of thread as a guide through the Cretan labyrinth )
- (now rare) A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
- Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
- An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
- (slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
(third-person singular simple present clues, present participle cluing or clueing, simple past and past participle clued)
- To provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").
- The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
- To provide someone with information which he or she lacks.
- Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.
Variant of clew (“a ball of thread or yarn”), from Middle English clewe, from Old English clēowen, clīewen (“sphere, ball, skein; ball of thread or yarn; mass, group”), from Proto-Germanic *kliuwīną, *klewô (“ball, bale”), from Proto-Indo-European *glew-, *gelew- (“to amass, conglomerate; clump, ball, bale”). Sense evolution with reference to the one which the mythical Theseus used to guide him out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. More at clew.