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crypto (countable and uncountable, plural cryptos)

  1. A secret supporter or follower.
    • 2016, George Orwell, Peter Davison, George Orwell: A Life in Letters:
      Martin of course is far too dishonest to be outright a crypto or fellow-traveller, but his main influence is pro-Russian and is certainly intended to be so, and I feel reasonably sure he would quislingise in the case of a Russian occupation, if he had not managed to get away on the last plane.
  2. (uncountable, informal) Clipping of cryptography.
    • 2004, Chey Cobb, Cryptography For Dummies (page 20)
      The CIA is also very into crypto (which makes sense, as they are the home of spy versus spy), []
  3. (informal, cryptocurrencies) Clipping of cryptocurrency.
    • 2021 February 12, Muvunyi, Fred, “Nigeria's cryptocurrency crackdown causes confusion”, in Deutsche Welle News[1], Deutsche Welle, archived from the original on 2021-02-13, World:
      Nigeria—the world's second-largest Bitcoin market after the United States—has banned the trading of cryptocurrencies. It's triggered anger among Nigerians who see cryptos as a safe haven in a battered economy.
    • 2021 April 26, Ryan Browne, “A second bitcoin exchange collapses in Turkey amid crackdown on cryptocurrencies”, in CNBC[2], retrieved 2021-04-26:
      Some Turks have turned to crypto as a way to protect their savings from skyrocketing inflation and the weakening of its currency, the lira.
  4. (informal, medicine) Clipping of cryptococcus.
  5. (informal, medicine) Clipping of cryptosporidiosis.

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crypto (comparative more crypto, superlative most crypto)

  1. Secret or covert.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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  1. dative singular of crypton
  2. ablative singular of crypton