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crypto

[ krip-toh ]
/ ˈkrɪp toʊ /
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noun, plural cryp·tos.
a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
adjective
secret or hidden; not publicly admitted: a crypto Nazi.
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Origin of crypto

First recorded in 1945–50; probably independent use of crypto-; cf. -o

Other definitions for crypto (2 of 2)

crypto-

a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.
Also especially before a vowel, crypt-.

Origin of crypto-

Combining form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt
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How to use crypto in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crypto

crypto-

before a vowel crypt-


combining form
secret, hidden, or concealedcryptography; crypto-fascist

Word Origin for crypto-

New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
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