Associations to the word «Cryptic»


CRYPTIC, adjective. Having hidden meaning.
CRYPTIC, adjective. Mystified or of an obscure nature.
CRYPTIC, adjective. Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
CRYPTIC, adjective. (zoology) Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.
CRYPTIC, noun. (informal) A cryptic crossword.
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD, noun. A type of crossword involving wordplay and misleading definitions.
CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS, noun. Plural of cryptic crossword

Dictionary definition

CRYPTIC, adjective. Of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable 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".
CRYPTIC, adjective. Having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther.
CRYPTIC, adjective. Having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne