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


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


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.


A hint or intimation.

Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house. Swift.


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.


Humor; temper of mind.




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


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Cue, v. t.

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


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

A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing.


⇒ The term was formerly current in the English universities, the letter q being the mark in the buttery books to denote such a portion.


Hast thou worn Gowns in the university, tossed logic, Sucked philosophy, eat cues? Old Play.


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