cryp·​tid ˈkrip-təd How to pronounce cryptid (audio)
plural cryptids
: an animal (such as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster) that has been claimed to exist but never proven to exist
Contrary to popular belief, cryptids don't have to be supernatural, mythical or even all that strange—though many popular creatures acquire these characteristics as their legends grow.Hayley Williams
… fighting the Grafton Monster—a monstrous cryptid vaguely resembling a cross between Bigfoot and a seal …Alan Olson

Word History


crypt- (in crypto-) + -id entry 1

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptid was in 1983

Dictionary Entries Near cryptid

Cite this Entry

“Cryptid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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