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 Esther is in love with literally the boy next door, John (Tom Drake), who is too clueless to comprehend her coy ardor. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Escape into the joyous world of musicals," 22 Apr. 2020 For example, a Northeast Ohio company that makes packaging needed for coronavirus test kits and future vaccines was clueless about its important role until it was contacted by another manufacturer in that supply chain. Olivera Perkins, cleveland, "Manufacturing workers concerned about safety, but proud to battle coronavirus pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Shy, awkward tech entrepreneur Richard Hendricks from northern California and cocky, clueless aspiring entertainment mogul Jean-Ralphio Saperstein from Pawnee, Indiana, seem like an Oscar-and-Felix level odd couple. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Silicon Valley,' 'Parks and Rec' stars bringing live comedy show to Detroit," 4 Mar. 2020 While Isaiah may be clueless about his mom's stardom, Jacob at least seems to appreciate his mom's melodic singing. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Carrie Underwood says her toddler son thinks she's a 70-year-old whose job is doing laundry," 14 Feb. 2020 The social media generation is increasingly clueless and unsociable. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "To recline or not? Readers weigh in on the great airline seat debate," 1 Mar. 2020 In the first episode, these clueless home reno experts will end up working in a cartel stash house. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Quibi Is a New Streaming Platform That Will Reboot MTV's Punk'd and Bring Us New Series 'Murder House Flip'," 3 Feb. 2020 His cousins Yugal Kishore Jha and Indushekhar Jha followed him, completely clueless about what was happening. Krishna Jha And Dhirendra K. Jha, Quartz India, "The night of 1949 when a Ram idol suddenly appeared inside Babri Masjid and changed history," 10 Nov. 2019 Jumping into the stock mark fray is one way to start on the road to financial health, the trouble is, most of us are clueless on how to truly start. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Get Into The Stock Game With These Beginner Investment Apps," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2020

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“Clueless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clueless

informal : not having knowledge about something : unable to understand something

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