(noun, adjective)


1. of an obscure nature

- the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms

Similar word(s): incomprehensible, inexplicable, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying

2. having a secret or hidden meaning

- cryptic writings

Similar word(s): esoteric, cabalistic, cryptical, kabbalistic, qabalistic, sibylline

3. having a puzzling terseness

- a cryptic note

Similar word(s): concise

Sentences with cryptic as an adjective:

- Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic.


1. (informal) A cryptic crossword.