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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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"