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cryptic

[ krip-tik ]
/ ˈkrɪp tɪk /
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adjective Also cryp·ti·cal.
mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous: a cryptic message.
abrupt; terse; short: a cryptic note.
secret; occult: a cryptic writing.
involving or using cipher, code, etc.
Zoology. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.
noun
a cryptogram, especially one designed as a puzzle.

OTHER WORDS FOR cryptic

1 enigmatic, perplexing.
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Origin of cryptic

1595–1605; <Late Latin crypticus<Greek kryptikós hidden. See crypt, -ic

synonym study for cryptic

1. See ambiguous.

OTHER WORDS FROM cryptic

cryp·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·cryp·tic, adjectivenon·cryp·ti·cal, adjectivenon·cryp·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptic

cryptic

cryptical

/ (ˈkrɪptɪk) /

adjective
hidden; secret; occult
(esp of comments, sayings, etc) obscure in meaning
(of the coloration of animals) tending to conceal by disguising or camouflaging the shape

Derived forms of cryptic

cryptically, adverb

Word Origin for cryptic

C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt
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