CUE

cue, cue stick, pool cue, pool stick

(noun) sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards

clue, clew, cue

(noun) evidence that helps to solve a problem

cue

(noun) an actor’s line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech

prompt, remind, cue

(verb) assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Noun

cue (plural cues)

An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.

The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next actor to speak; any word or words which serve to remind an actor to speak or to do something; a catchword.

A hint or intimation.

(obsolete) Humour; temper of mind.

The name of the Latin-script letter Q.

(obsolete, UK, universities) A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing and noted with a q (for Latin quadrans farthing) in the buttery books.

Verb

cue (third-person singular simple present cues, present participle cueing, simple past and past participle cued)

To give someone a cue signal.

(by extension) To spark or provoke

Usage notes

This is often used in the imperative.

Etymology 2

Noun

cue (plural cues)

(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A straight tapering stick used to hit the balls in various games.

(obsolete) The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

Verb

cue (third-person singular simple present cues, present participle cueing, simple past and past participle cued)

(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To take aim on the cue ball with the cue and hit it.

To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.

Synonyms

• cue up

Anagrams

• ECU, Ecu., UCE, ecu, écu

Proper noun

Cue (plural Cues)

A surname.

Statistics

• According to the 2010 United States Census, Cue is the 17639th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 1593 individuals. Cue is most common among White (45.2%), Black/African American (24.17%), and Hispanic/Latino (24.04%) individuals.

Anagrams

• ECU, Ecu., UCE, ecu, écu

Noun

CUE

(legal) Acronym of clear and unmistakable error; legal standard for appeal of a decision by a Board of Veterans Appeals in the United States.

Anagrams

• ECU, Ecu., UCE, ecu, écu

Source: Wiktionary


Cue (k, n. Etym: [ OF. coue, coe, F. queue, fr. L. coda, cauda, tail. Cf. Caudal, Coward, Queue.]

1. The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

2. The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword. When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer. Shak.

3. A hint or intimation. Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house. Swift.

4. The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play. Were it my cueto fight, I should have known it Without a prompter. Shak.

5. Humor; temper of mind. [Colloq.] Dickens.

6. A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.

Cue, v. t.

Definition: To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.

Cue, n. Etym: [From q, an abbreviation for quadrans a farthing.]

Definition: A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing. [Obs.]

Note: The term was formerly current in the English universities, the letter q being the mark in the buttery books to denote such a portion. Nares. Hast thou worn Gowns in the university, tossed logic, Sucked philosophy, eat cues Old Play.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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