"White bunny. Moon square." Do you understand what that means? Of course not! It's totally cryptic. Cryptic comments or messages are hard to understand because they seem to have a hidden meaning.

Cryptic is from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptos, "hidden." This Greek adjective is the source of the English noun crypt, referring to a room under a church in which dead people are buried. That might account for why the word cryptic has an eerie tone to it.

Definitions of cryptic
  1. adjective
    having a secret or hidden meaning
    cryptic writings”
    synonyms: cabalistic, cryptical, kabbalistic, qabalistic, sibylline
    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
  2. adjective
    of an obscure nature
    “the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms”
    synonyms: cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying
    incomprehensible, inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
  3. adjective
    having a puzzling terseness
    “a cryptic note”
    expressing much in few words
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