A Word A Day : Cryptic

Tuesday, 4th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : krip'tik

1. Having hidden meaning

2. Mystifying, difficult to explain or understand

3. Secret or occult

4. Using code or cipher

5. Biology : Tending to conceal or camouflage


Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide


1. Arcane

2. Cabalistic

3. Enigmatic

4. Mysterious

5. Mystic

6. Mystical

7. Mystifying

8. Occult

9. Puzzling

10. Inscrutable

11. Mysterious

12. Incomprehensible

13. Inexplicable

14. Deep


1. Clear

2. Obvious

3. Plain

4. Seen

5. Straightforward

Contextual Example:

• A cryptic message was written on the rock by the cave entrance.

• The father and daughter would have been quite content, apparently, to eat their dinner in silence, or with a few cryptic remarks expressed in a shorthand which could not be understood by the servants.

Related Words:

Cryptically : Adverb

Crypticness : Noun

Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.

Previous Word| Next Word

Go to The A Word A Day Index

Synonyms and Antonyms

Vocabulary| English Teacher| Etymology| Longest Word | Letter Writing

Proverbs| Misspelled Words| Contractions

From Cryptic to HOME PAGE