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 are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats