AskDefine | Define clue

Dictionary Definition



1 a slight indication [syn: hint]
2 evidence that helps to solve a problem [syn: clew, cue] v : roll into a ball [syn: clew]

User Contributed Dictionary



Variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the labyrinth.



  1. Any information that may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  2. An object or any kind of marking that may be used as evidence.

Usage notes

Often used ironically in everyday usage in the US, exaggerating the hiddenness of the information consistituting the clue, and thereby belittling the alertness and intelligence of the person without the information.


  • (information that may lead one to a certain point or conclusion): hint, indication, suggestion
  • (object or marking that may be used as evidence):


information that may lead one to a certain point or conclusion
object or marking that may be used in evidence
translations to be checked


  1. Provide with a clue. usually with "in" or "up".
  2. Provide someone with important information they lack.
    Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Clue might refer to: The plural, Clues, may refer to: See also:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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