Something that is mysterious has a secret-like quality that makes it hard to understand or define, like your mysterious answers that made your friends curious about what you were really up to.

A dark shadow skims across the surface of lake...a strange disease makes a city's inhabitants violently ill...a large, hairy creature is spotted wandering in the woods. These situations are all mysterious because we don't know their causes. You can see the word mystery in mysterious. A mystery is a hidden or secret thing, so something that is mysterious takes effort to understand, unless it is beyond our comprehension.

Definitions of mysterious
  1. adjective
    having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
    mysterious symbols”
    synonyms: mystic, mystical, occult, orphic, secret
    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
  2. adjective
    of an obscure nature
    “"in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson”
    synonyms: cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mystifying
    incomprehensible, inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
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