- clue1 S2 [klu:] n[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: clew 'ball of string' (11-19 centuries), from Old English cliewen; from the use of a ball of string for finding the way out of a network of passages]1.) an object or piece of information that helps someone solve a crime or mystery▪ Police have found a vital clue (=a very important clue) .clue to/about/as to▪ We now have an important clue as to the time of the murder.▪ Archaeological evidence will provide clues about what the building was used for.clue in▪ This information is a valuable clue in our hunt for the bombers.▪ a desperate search for clues2.) information that helps you understand the reasons why something happensclue to/about/as to▪ Childhood experiences may provide a clue as to why some adults develop eating disorders.3.) a piece of information that helps you solve a crossword puzzle, answer a question etc▪ I'll give you a clue , Kevin, it's a kind of bird.4.) not have a clue (where/why/how etc) informala) to not have any idea about the answer to a question, how to do something, what a situation is etc▪ 'Do you know how to switch this thing off?' 'I haven't a clue.'▪ Until I arrived here, I hadn't got a clue what I was going to say to her.b) to be very stupid, or very bad at a particular activity▪ Don't let Mike cook you dinner; he hasn't got a clue.▪ I haven't a clue how to talk to girls.not have a clue (where/why/how etc) about▪ No point asking Jill - she hasn't got a clue about maths.clue 2clue2 vclue in [clue sb<=>in] phr vto give someone information about somethingclue somebody<=>in on/about▪ Somebody must have clued him in on our sales strategy.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.