[ krip-tik ]
Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Early-17th century; from the late Latin crypticus, from the Greek kruptikos, from the kruptos "hidden"
adjectivemysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous
adjectiveA) The cryptic message arrived from an anonymous sender and we didn't know what to do. B) Her unorganized instructions for planning the event were very vague and cryptic.