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

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 Mary-Louise Parker and Nick Offerman portray Kaepernick's parents as well-meaning but largely clueless White adoptive parents of a Black son. Jemar Tisby, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 The only significant men in the movie are clueless. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Oct. 2021 This was after the Astros looked clueless most of the series against the Braves’ pitching in general and the Braves’ bullpen in particular. Terence Moore, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 As the youngest star on the project, the Disney Channel alum volunteered to explain multiple concepts to her clueless older castmates, Gomez and Short told Elle magazine in an interview published Thursday. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 But a few of them are clueless enough to ask if Mike himself is Tony. Michael Washburn, National Review, 24 Oct. 2021 Could Orb Operators get their rewards by surreptitiously scanning the irises of clueless people who never heard about Worldcoin? Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 The police arrive, led by the well-intentioned, but clueless chief Lou Raskin. Matt Cabral,, 14 Oct. 2021 His clueless face flickers on the screen as colleagues bark conflicting demands at him. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of clueless

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Nov 2021

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“Clueless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clueless

: not having knowledge about something : unable to understand something


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