[ krip-tik ]
/ ˈkrɪp tɪk /
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.
a cryptogram, especially one designed as a puzzle.
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Origin of cryptic
1595–1605; <Late Latin crypticus
hidden. See crypt
synonym study for cryptic
OTHER WORDS FROM crypticcryp·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·cryp·tic, adjectivenon·cryp·ti·cal, adjectivenon·cryp·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use cryptic in a sentence
He did not explain that somewhat cryptical remark, and presently he left her and went to his room.
Matters were in this cryptical state when the door opened and Father came in.
But else, and failing these cryptical or subterraneous currents of communication, for us the record is closed.
The conductor opened the door and bawled a cryptical announcement.
British Dictionary definitions for cryptic
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 crypticcryptically, adverb
Word Origin for cryptic
C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt
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