clue·​less | \ ˈklü-ləs How to pronounce clueless (audio) \

Definition of clueless

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

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Other Words from clueless

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Having only worked on the very first season, DeKnight was unsurprisingly clueless about any future plans. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 16 Mar. 2022 The funniest parts of these jokes are in the subtext, how Tomlinson performs knowingness in a way that can be truly clueless. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 In video games, non-playable characters can be somewhat clueless. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 Zelensky, the professional comedian, knows this, while Trump -- a man desperate for attention -- is selfishly clueless. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 As researcher Morgan Polikoff has found, most state education officials are clueless about what materials are actually being used in school districts. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 The core premise, of a series set during the Golden Age of Piracy but centering on a notoriously clueless pirate instead of a famously dashing one, is cute. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2022 Hall’s serious miscasting goes beyond a boondoggle but suggests that the filmmaker is clueless about her story’s issues and the facts of social living. Armond White, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 Will Arnett stars as eccentric detective Terry Seattle who teams up with clueless celebrity guest stars to investigate a series of murders in this improvisational crime comedy featuring Conan O’Brien, Sharon Stone, Marshawn Lynch and Ken Jeong. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2022

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“Clueless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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