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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Lee began tinkering with a program to measure romantic interest after watching a clueless friend get ghosted after a date. Wired, "Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love," 16 Sep. 2019 Router security must be taken seriously A router is essential to your home wireless network, but most people are clueless about router security. NBC News, "How to protect your router and home security cameras from hackers," 13 Aug. 2019 Even with the best of intentions, some interns seem clueless about how to make a great impression, Schur adds —and how to avoid striking coworkers and higher-ups as, frankly, annoying. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "5 Ways to Turn Your Summer Internship into a Job Offer," 1 Aug. 2019 Chester is a frustrating main character, by turns arrogant and clueless, overconfident and indecisive. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Terror: Infamy turns America’s WWII internment camps into a bleak ghost story," 19 Aug. 2019 The movie, directed by Gene Stupinsky and written by Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg, spins on their clueless naivete, though these kids do drop the F bomb a lot. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Good Boys Isn’t a Movie for Kids. But It Captures What It’s Like to Be One," 15 Aug. 2019 The boy would not remain clueless for long, though. Sam Roberts,, "Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., 84, his father, he said, didn’t kill Huey Long," 15 Aug. 2019 My mother was clueless about this man and made me apologize for my behavior. New York Times, "My Dysfunctional Brother Was Abused. How Do I Acknowledge His Past?," 16 July 2019 Anne plays Bryce's girlfriend, a smart but clueless student, whose storyline ends on a cliffhanger at the end of season 2. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "This is How Much the Cast of "13 Reasons Why" Makes," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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