adjective Also cryp·ti·cal.
Origin of cryptic
Examples from the Web for cryptic
Even as early as December 4, remarks from inside the bubble were cryptic and frightened.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was like some cryptic English-Chekhovian figure, playing out the last days of his private, imagined Raj.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kurant has crafted a new, cryptic narrative in which the three redundant characters come together in a wrecking yard.
I also think Damian Lewis's performance was stellar in episode after episode: vivid, cryptic, and (against all odds) believable.
She wants an explanation of the cryptic glares and whispers, but they disappear.
I confess I prefer Laforgue, who at his most cryptic is never so wildly tantalising as Rimbaud.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
It is no longer a detail of the Strand, but a cryptic symbol of human life.Prose Fancies (Second Series)|Richard Le Gallienne
They were a solid maze of unknown symbols and cryptic charts.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
And perhaps—or perhaps not—his British brain some day unraveled the meaning of cryptic retort.Superwomen|Albert Payson Terhune
While the two men watched, Judith read back the cryptic information interpolated by the ship's mass-proximity detector.The Women-Stealers of Thrayx|Fox B. Holden
Word Origin for cryptic
1630s, "hidden, occult, mystical," from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos "fit for concealing," from kryptos "hidden" (see crypt). Meaning "mysterious, enigmatic" is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically.