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

Examples of cryptid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our protagonist here is cryptid hunter Peter Byrne, a man whose tireless questing since the 1970s has earned him a special place in the Bigfoot research community. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 18 Jan. 2024 Are There Other Tales of Unproven Creatures in Africa? Beyond real prehistoric relics, Van Lierde’s sighting isn’t the only cryptid — a creature whose existence is unproven, like Bigfoot and or the Loch Ness Monster — that may await daring discoverers in the Congo. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 16 Jan. 2024 Frogman Festival Celebrating the mythical Loveland Frogman, this festival boasts more than 50 unique vendors, circus sideshows and speakers specializing in cryptids, the paranormal, unexplained phenomena, folklore, UFOs and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 28 Feb. 2024 Yet, her experience isn’t too different from those who claim to have encountered cryptids, creatures whose existence remains a matter of debate. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 18 Jan. 2024 Although many folklorists and historians believe this story belongs to the older tradition of kelpie and water horse legends, accounts of Loch Ness’s cryptid continued to pop up in history, with various sightings being reported over the centuries. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 But the escalation to a sillier or darker or stranger punchline about his grievance against the filmmaker, or his attraction to a fellow cryptid, never materializes. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Today someone can generate a convincing video of the world’s favorite cryptid species with little more than an artificial intelligence prompt. Daniel T. Ksepka, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2023 Sneaky Sasquatch At its core, Sneaky Sasquatch is about a hungry cryptid in rural western Canada, who must steal food from the campsites and settlements around his home forest to survive. Vulture, 2 Oct. 2023

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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

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“Cryptid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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