Definition of crypto in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkriptō/ /ˈkrɪptoʊ/


  • 1

    short for cryptography

  • 2informal A person having a secret allegiance to a political creed, especially communism.

    • ‘Indeed, he regards the national push for a high-tech salve for security anxieties as a reprise of his own early and erroneous beliefs about the transforming power of strong crypto.’
    • ‘Back then, kilts were worn only by crypto - nationalists, lunatics on day release from the asylum or Gaels who hadn't quite come to terms with the fact that Flora MacDonald would never be returning to Skye.’
    • ‘So I use this term crypto - Marxist, which I think has the image of a kind of secret code.’