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.

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This was an event that spoke directly to the game’s dedicated players, doing so with just enough over-the-top carnival-like trappings to make the clueless feel welcome. Todd Martens,, "‘Fortnite’ built a mini theme park complete with scented characters at the Forum," 16 June 2019 Devolver’s Twitter presence includes Fork Parker, a parody of a clueless old game executive, and the company once turned a viral tweet into a publishing deal. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why gaming’s most influential indie label has stayed small for a decade," 5 June 2019 The imitation was crude and cruel, but the point was again to make a woman sound stupid, too clueless to make her own decisions. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019 Saturday Night Live featured a bit about the game with actor Adam Driver playing a clueless dad. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 This is the most hypocritical, clueless statement in her regrettable time in the WH. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ivanka Trump Tweets Praise for Oprah's Speech, Twitter Reacts With Derision," 9 Jan. 2018 This is the most hypocritical, clueless statement in her regrettable time in the WH. Mike Scott,, "Ivanka praises Oprah; Twitter freaks out," 9 Jan. 2018 Parents, meanwhile, are often clueless about their teens’ activities. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Half of New York-Area Teens Spend at Least Three Hours a Day Socializing Online," 26 Nov. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s victory might be a shocker for the clueless Democratic establishment and their jesters but not Sanders supporters. John Kass,, "It's a bad week to be a Democratic boss," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clueless

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

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