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cue uce ceu ecu uec euc

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Definitions and meaning of cue



  • IPA(key): /kjuː/, [kj̊ʉː], (rare) [cj̊uː]
  • Rhymes: -uː
  • Homophones: queue, Q

Etymology 1

From Middle English cu (half a farthing), spelled form of q, abbreviation for Latin quadrāns (quarter of an as).


cue (plural cues)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Q.
Derived terms
  • mind one's pees and cues
See also
  • (Latin-script letter names) letter; a, bee, cee, dee, e, ef, gee, aitch, i, jay, kay, el, em, en, o, pee, cue, ar, ess, tee, u, vee, double-u, ex, wye, zee / zed

Etymology 2

From earlier qu, abbreviation of Latin quandō (when), marked on actor's play copy where they were to begin.


cue (plural cues)

  1. An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.
  2. 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.
  3. A hint or intimation.
    • 1731, Jonathan Swift, Directions to Servants
      Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house.
  4. (obsolete) Humour; temper of mind.
  5. (obsolete, Britain, 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.
Derived terms
  • cue card
  • cue-to-cue
  • on cue
  • right on cue
  • sensory cue


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

  1. To give someone a cue signal.
    Cue the cameraman, and action!
  2. (by extension) To spark or provoke.
Usage notes

This is often used in the imperative.

Etymology 3

Variant of queue, from French queue (tail).


cue (plural cues)

  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A straight tapering stick used to hit the balls in various games.
  2. (obsolete) The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
Derived terms
  • cue ball


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

  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To take aim on the cue ball with the cue and hit it.
  2. To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
  • cue up


Further reading

  • cue in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • cue in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • ECU, Ecu., UCE, ecu, écu

Classical Nahuatl


  • IPA(key): /kʷɛ/



  1. (mild exclamation)




  1. water; liquid

Further reading

  • Terrill Schrock, On whether 'Dorobo' was a fourth Kuliak language, in Studies in African Linguistics, volume 44, number 1 (2015) (gives pronunciation: [tʃūe̥])
  • Terrill Schrock, The Ik Language (2017)

Old French

Alternative forms

  • coe
  • queue


From Vulgar Latin cōda, from Latin cauda.


cue f (oblique plural cues, nominative singular cue, nominative plural cues)

  1. tail (of an animal)


  • Middle French: queu, cueue
    • French: queue
    • English: queue, cue (partly through Anglo-Norman)


  • cowe on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub

  • to prompt an actor.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)