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 Most of these teams now draft 19-year-olds who are physically gifted but emotionally immature and rather clueless about the NBA game. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "The Cavaliers have me talking to myself, starting with a history lesson – Terry Pluto," 25 Apr. 2021 Jerome has been cast in, Miranda is completely fluent in diversity-speak and utterly clueless about how her conduct undermines her lip service. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘The Gaze ... No Homo,’ a Black and queer actor navigates the white theater world," 6 Mar. 2021 Unlike today, doctors were clueless about how to treat various forms of mental illness. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "On a made-up holiday, reflecting on how people with stressful jobs can co-exist in love and marriage," 16 Apr. 2021 The video of a small bear, its head tilted at an inquisitive angle, caught ambling up to a Tahoe snowboarder was the sort of clueless cuteness guaranteed to go viral. Tribune News Service, al, "Mysterious disease killing young California bears in Tahoe. One symptom: fearlessness," 28 Mar. 2021 Even Anna piles on, clueless that her friend might be suffering. Maria Fontoura, Rolling Stone, "‘Pen15’ Creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine Are Making Middle School Great Again," 26 Mar. 2021 Hearing Kimmel and Buttigieg reminisce about his guest-hosting stint serves as a reminder for just how clueless many of us were at the time as to what was to come. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "Eddie Murphy Saying ‘Everything Is Better’ Won Late Night This Week," 12 Mar. 2021 Sally's mom is a chronic worrier, Stephanie's dad made some poor parenting choices, Deenie's mom was clueless. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Us, the Generation of Writers You Inspired," 11 Mar. 2021 Some had gone so far as to unfriend people who seemed particularly clueless. Washington Post, "I’ve experienced anti-Asian harassment and written it into my novels. I’m not ready to move on.," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 May 2021

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“Clueless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clueless

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

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