- 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
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Examples from the Web for cryptically
Cryptically, he added that he would like women to have more leadership roles in administrative and pastoral activities.What About Women, Pope Francis?
Janine di Giovanni
August 1, 2013
The areas where they overlap are cryptically blurred, impossible to anticipate what monstrosities might come from them.Great Weekend Reads: December 30, 2011
Jacob Silverman, Michael Thomsen, Lauren Elkin
December 30, 2011
The announcement says cryptically that there will be a “daily limit” on such access for “some search engines.”The New York Times' Paywall Gamble
March 17, 2011
When Tiger finally did issue a statement, it said cryptically: “this will never happen again.”Tiger’s Troubles Deepen
December 2, 2009
But earlier this month McCain cryptically Twittered that the proposal "appears to be a cap & tax bill that I won't support."Bush Comes Out of Hiding
May 29, 2009
"Monsieur is too strong for me," replied Gaston, cryptically.
The closed makimono,” he cryptically retorted, “is the symbol of wisdom.The Prairie Mother
“I am not anxious to see Miss McLeod,” he answered, cryptically.The Mystery of the Green Ray
William Le Queux
"They know," said Russ cryptically from his position in front of the vision plate.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
"He certainly seems to be amused by you," she said cryptically.Too Old for Dolls
Anthony Mario Ludovici
- 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 and History for cryptically
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.