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cryptic (adj) secret; hidden (meaning or message).
Language systems, a set of sentences or words with secret meaning, are cryptic. A cryptic message is a message with a secret meaning. A cryptic remark is a remark with a hidden meaning and is understood only by those for whom it is meant. A cryptic code is a language system understood only by those who are familiar with the code. A cryptic reply is a very brief reply conveying very little and not plain.
- The message intercepted by the police appeared to be cryptic, as, try as they might, they were unable to understand its meaning.
- With a cryptic smile on her face, as she replied just 'yes' or 'no' to his queries, he asked her what he should understand by her cryptic replies.