Definition of "cryptic" []

  • Having hidden meaning; mystifying. See Synonyms at ambiguous. (adjective)
  • Secret or occult. (adjective)
  • Using code or cipher. (adjective)
  • Biology Tending to conceal or camouflage: cryptic coloring. (adjective)
  • Hidden; secret; occult (adjective)

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  • (esp of comments, sayings, etc) obscure in meaning (adjective)
  • (of the coloration of animals) tending to conceal by disguising or camouflaging the shape (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "cryptic" in a sentence
  • "Here are a couple of verses written in cryptic rhyme from some of my currently published books."
  • "I call it cryptic rhyme because I write short, clipped, descriptive verses that paint vivid, concise pictures using almost no full sentences."
  • "I bring it to you vintage wine in a bottle new its in Hindi cryptic on cue shot at my house by a friendly camera crew giving a devil his bejeweled sartorial due"