Simple Definition of clue
: something that helps a person find something, understand something, or solve a mystery or puzzle
: an understanding of something : knowledge about something
Examples of clue in a sentence
The book gives the reader plenty of clues to solve the mystery.
Science gives us clues about the origin of the universe.
“Guess who I met today.” “Can you give me a clue?”
It gives a clue as to how to proceed.
Origin and Etymology of clue
alteration of clew
First Known Use: 1596
Definition of clue
1 : to provide with a clue
2 : to give reliable information to <he clued me in on how it happened>
First Known Use of clue
Rhymes with clue
blue, boo, brew, chew, clew, coo, coup, crew, cue, dew, do, doux, due, ewe, few, flu, flue, fou, glue, gnu, goo, hew, hue, Jew, Koo, lieu, loo, mew, moo, moue, mu, new, nu, ooh, pew, phew, pooh, q, queue, roux, rue, screw, shoe, shoo, shrew, Sioux, skew, slew, slough, slue, smew, sou, sous, spew, sprue, stew, strew, sue, Sue, thew, through, to, too, true, two, u, view, whew, who, woo, xu, yew, you, zoo
CLUE Defined for Kids
Definition of clue for Students
: something that helps a person to find something or to solve a mystery
History for clue
The word clue was originally an alternate spelling of clew, meaning “a ball of thread or yarn.” Our usual modern sense of clue, “something that helps solve a mystery,” grows out of the image of a ball of thread that helps a person to find a way out of a maze. Of stories containing this image, the best known is the Greek myth of Theseus and Ariadne. Ariadne gave the hero Theseus a ball of thread that he unraveled as he searched the labyrinth, or huge maze, of her father, King Minos. After killing the monster in the labyrinth, Theseus retraced his steps by rewinding the thread.
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