Cryptic definition

-tĭ-kəl
Having hidden meaning; mystifying.
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(biology) Tending to conceal or camouflage.

Cryptic coloring.

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Having a hidden or ambiguous meaning; mysterious; baffling.

A cryptic comment.

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Having hidden meaning.
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Mystified or of an obscure nature.
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Using code or cipher.
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Secret or occult.
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(zool.) Serving to conceal, as the form or coloration of certain animals.
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Obscure and curt in expression.
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Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
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(zoology) Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.

Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic.

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(informal) A cryptic crossword.
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(biology) Tending to conceal or camouflage.

Cryptic coloring.

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The definition of cryptic is defined as something with unclear or hidden meaning, or a secret.

A coded message is an example of something cryptic.

A letter written in invisible ink is an example of something cryptic.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cryptic
Plural:
cryptics

Origin of cryptic

  • Late Latin crypticus from Greek kruptikos from kruptos hidden from kruptein to hide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin crypticus, from Ancient Greek κρυπτικός (kruptikos), from κρυπτός (kruptos, “hidden”), from κρύπτω (kruptō, “to hide”). Also see: cryptology.

    From Wiktionary