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Definition of cryptic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    cryptic

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈkrɪptɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1with a meaning that is hidden or not easily understood synonym mysterious
  2. 2 a cryptic message/remark/smile a cryptic crossword clue
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NAmE//ˈkrɪptɪkli//
 
adverb “Yes and no,” she replied cryptically.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cryptic