clue

A clue is a piece of evidence that helps solve a problem, or it's a slight hint. When you’re in the dark about the surprise party your friends are planning, they'll say, “She doesn’t have a clue!”

When you first join the police force, you’re mostly just walking the beat. But when you’re promoted to detective, your job is to look for that big clue that will help you solve the case. The original Middle English word was clew, which meant “a ball of thread.” If you were trapped in a labyrinth, you could follow the clew to help find your way out.

Primary Meanings of clue

1.
n
evidence that helps to solve a problem
2.
v
roll into a ball
Full Definitions of clue
1

n evidence that helps to solve a problem

Synonyms:
clew, cue
Types:
mark, sign
a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
token
something serving as a sign of something else
Type of:
evidence
an indication that makes something evident

n a slight indication

Synonyms:
hint
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest
2

v roll into a ball

Synonyms:
clew
Type of:
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around

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