- of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
- (initial capital letter)of or relating to the Apocrypha.
- of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
- false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
- of questionable authenticity
- (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
- untrue; counterfeit
1580s, “of doubtful authenticity,” from apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense.+ (1). Middle English had