Definitions of cryptic

  1. having a secret or hidden meaning; " cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; " cryptic writings"; " thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther
  2. of an obscure nature; " the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; " a deep dark secret"; " the inscrutible workings of Providence"; " in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; " rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
  3. having a puzzling terseness; " a cryptic note"
  4. Alt. of Cryptical
  5. Hidden; secret; as, cryptic signs on tombs.
  6. Hidden, occult, larvate.
  7. Pert. to; hidden; secret.

Usage examples for cryptic

  1. This was cryptic, but Frederick said, " Yes, the very instant," and kissed her neck. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  2. A glance was sufficient to show him that it was another cryptic message, similar to that which Guy Morrow had found in the Brunells' deserted cottage, and which he had vainly studied until far into the night. – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  3. In dealing, further on, with the astronomical signs and names associated with the pole of the ecliptic, I shall, moreover, point out that the bullka, employed as an astronomical symbol of Ursa Major, may have been adopted as a cryptic sign for Polaris, merely because its name contained the letters of the word akthe Middle. – The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations by Zelia Nuttall
  4. It was a crude drawing of a hearing aid and beneath it a cryptic sentence written in Agronian, I lost mine and so has Glenna now. – The Instant of Now by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  5. Nairn's inclined to be cryptic in his remarks; but he seems to hint that it would be advisable to make Horsfield some concession- in other words, to buy him off. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss
  6. " Then it's a promise," was Honey's cryptic answer. – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  7. These cryptic sentences expressed in emotional stenography mere odds and ends that later would drop into their proper places, translated into the sequence of acts that are the scaffolding of a definite story. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  8. The one remained cryptic, the other shut. – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  9. Cryptic orders passed around, and oxygen tanks were accumulated in military posts. – The Invaders by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  10. While the Emperor was making the round of his outposts, a somewhat cryptic despatch from Grouchy reached headquarters. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  11. I guess I was half afraid a woman might pick up, but it was him and there were no hushed tones or cryptic monosyllables. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  12. What Myka had just said to him, and the cryptic smile on The Barbarian's face, and a thought of Geoffrey's own, had all fitted themselves together in his mind. – The Barbarians by John Sentry
  13. I am sorry to be so cryptic, Berkeley, but you understand that I can't make statements. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  14. The door closed behind this rather cryptic remark, and the listeners looked at each other and shook their heads. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  15. In one sense, and that not a cryptic one, these events served to supplement one another. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  16. And the girl trembled, knowing that he had solved her secret; for she had hoped against hope that the only words he could have heard her speak would have had too cryptic a significance for his comprehension. – The Brass Bowl by Louis Joseph Vance
  17. " Time will show," came with cryptic vagueness from the lips of M. Joseph. – Petticoat Rule by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  18. In this cryptic fashion they spoke for the greater part of an hour, and derived much profit therefrom. – Sanders of the River by Edgar Wallace