cue (n.1) Look up cue at
"stage direction," 1550s, from Q, which was used 16c., 17c. in stage plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably as an abbreviation of Latin quando "when" (see quandary) or a similar Latin adverb. Shakespeare's printed texts have it as both Q and cue.
cue (n.2) Look up cue at
"billiard stick," 1749, variant of queue (n.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.
cue (v.) Look up cue at
1928, from cue (n.1). Related: Cued, cueing.