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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kloo]
    • /klu/
    • /kluː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloo]
    • /klu/

Definitions of clew word

  • noun clew a ball of thread, yarn, or twine 3
  • noun clew either of the lower corners of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail 3
  • noun clew the rigging of a hammock 3
  • verb clew to coil or roll into a ball 3
  • noun clew a ball of thread or yarn: in Greek legend, a thread is used by Theseus as a guide out of the labyrinth 3
  • abbreviation CLEW clue 3

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Origin of clew

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English clewe, Old English cleowen, cliewen, equivalent to cliew- (cognate with Old High German kliu ball) + -en -en5; akin to Dutch kluwen

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Parts of speech for Clew


clew popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

clew usage trend in Literature

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