clue·​less | \ˈklü-ləs \

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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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 Trump supporters, in general, really do seem to be as clueless as your post would suggest. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A white man said two black males were suspects in a violent robbery. Then police watched the video.," 9 Feb. 2018 The human impact of Lift’s evil is eventually revealed, but his actions in this particular moment are no more nefarious than the average clueless white tech bro. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 People have been turned down for being fearful or clueless. Judith Newman, New York Times, "Committing to a Dog Is Hard. This Place Lets You Just Flirt.," 4 July 2018 Jake Morgendorffer, on the other hand, is hyperactive and charmingly clueless, hellbent on spending quality time with his daughters. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 'Daria' Details I'm Praying to See in MTV's Reboot," 22 June 2018 But even if that was the case, why would Rubio upload such a stammering video of himself looking clueless about hip hop? Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Marco Rubio Has Thoughts On Kanye West, Pusha T And Drake ... Random, Confusing Thoughts," 16 June 2018 One thing that a lot of people are clueless about before moving to New York City is that many of the apartments don’t have closets. Olivia Harrison,, "According To This Study, 50% Of People Would Give Up Sex For More Closet Space," 15 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

: not having knowledge about something : unable to understand something

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