- 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.
- a cryptogram, especially one designed as a puzzle.
Origin of cryptic
Synonyms for cryptic
Examples from the Web for cryptical
Historical Examples of cryptical
The conductor opened the door and bawled a cryptical announcement.
To most of us the Bible has long been a work of profound mystery, cryptical, undecipherable.
Matters were in this cryptical state when the door opened and Father came in.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
But else, and failing these cryptical or subterraneous currents of communication, for us the record is closed.
- 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
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.
- Hidden or concealed.
- Tending to conceal or camouflage, as the coloring of an animal.