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 For Gen Xers staring down middle-aged obsolescence, the Williams twins’ video provides a satisfying twofer: a chance to cluck their tongues at clueless youths while confirming the supremacy of their own touchstones. Jody Rosen, New York Times, "The Racial Anxiety Lurking Behind Reaction Videos," 27 Aug. 2020 He was given an eight-game suspension by ever-clueless Commissioner Rob Manfred's office for throwing in the vicinity of a few Astros on Tuesday night in Houston. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Kelly makes sure cheating Astros get some payback," 29 July 2020 Making a mockery of the broadcast booth, Ted Lasso was not just clueless about European football, but blissfully ignorant about his own ignorance. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Ted Lasso’ Review: A Clueless Coach Confronts New Rules," 12 Aug. 2020 In the 1990s, the name Becky was used as slang for a clueless white woman. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Minnesotans named Karen say they're OK with the name, despite the unflattering meme," 4 Aug. 2020 Players are traditionally completely clueless in terms of what is happening in the outside world. Dalton Ross,, "How Big Brother is getting back on the air in a pandemic," 31 July 2020 Disagreeable, arrogant and clueless, Rosenberg is no one’s idea of a quarantine companion. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "Charlie Kaufman’s debut novel, ‘Antkind,’ is just as loopy and clever as his movies," 9 July 2020 This one deals with a woman who has suffered a loss and the semi-clueless friends who try to help her. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "‘Everything Will Be Fine’ is an innovative drive-in theater experience at the Latino Cultural Center," 23 June 2020 Biden got failing grades and polls on his clueless handling of the Swine Flu H1N1. Nick Wadhams,, "Biden, Trump Quit Praising Xi to Feud Over Who’d Be Tougher on China," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Sep 2020

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“Clueless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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