An example of a clue is telling someone they're getting warmer when looking for a hidden gift.
The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.
Clue me in on what's happening around the office.
Other Word Forms
Origin of clue
- Variant of clew (from Theseus's use of a ball of thread as a guide through the Cretan labyrinth)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.