clueless

adjective

clue·​less ˈklü-ləs How to pronounce clueless (audio)
1
: having or providing no clue
a clueless case for the police to solve
2
: completely or hopelessly bewildered, unaware, ignorant, or foolish
clueless about what they want
cluelessly adverb
I played dumb. I have arrived at a point in my life where I can perform this stunt with aplomb. "What do you mean?" I asked, as cluelessly as I knew how. Steve Friedman
cluelessness noun
Mowrey is also trying to make a deer hunter of Bentley, whose cluelessness as an outdoors-man is a rich source of amusement to his country-boy crony. Austin Murphy

Examples of clueless in a Sentence

When it comes to computers, I'm clueless. They were clueless about what to do.
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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clueless was in 1743

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“Clueless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clueless. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

clueless

adjective
clue·​less ˈklü-ləs How to pronounce clueless (audio)
: having or providing no clue
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