from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having hidden meaning; mystifying. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
- adj. Secret or occult.
- adj. Using code or cipher.
- adj. Biology Tending to conceal or camouflage: cryptic coloring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having hidden meaning.
- adj. Mystified or of an obscure nature.
- adj. Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
- adj. Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.
- n. A cryptic crossword.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hidden; secret; occult.
- adj. incomprehensible to those not familiar with the culture or jargon.
- adj. having a secret or hidden meaning.
- adj. having a puzzling terseness.
- adj. not evident; unrecognized.
- adj. written in a code or cipher.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hidden; secret; occult.
- n. The art of recording any discourse so that the meaning is concealed from ordinary readers.
- In biology, serving to conceal or fitted for concealing an organism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of an obscure nature
- adj. having a secret or hidden meaning
- adj. having a puzzling terseness
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
You have more guts than I do because I remain cryptic on my blog but you and I are in the same place.
Good: [begin cryptic] Am getting the coolest of all possible presents.
My Mesdames communicated with each other in cryptic ways, but after all my years in their company I was privy to their keys.
Although T.Q.D.'s recent songs have lightened up a bit compared with older lyrics that he described as "cryptic," almost all of "Taketh Away" addresses topics from love to day-to-day struggles in a serious tone.
"That's called 'cryptic foreshadowing,' " Ashley gasped.
In the forests the endemic species include, for example, a new genus and species only named a few years ago called the cryptic warbler (Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi), the yellow-browed oxylabes (Crossleyia xanthophrys), and the brown emutail (Dromaeocercus brunneus).
When you must converse with others, you speak a cryptic language of acronyms decipherable only by another geek.