AskDefine | Define pinchbeck

Dictionary Definition

pinchbeck adj : serving as an imitation or substitute; "pinchbeck heroism" n : an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold

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English

Noun

  1. An alloy of copper and zinc once used as imitation gold

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Adjective

  1. Spurious; fraudulent; artificial.

Extensive Definition

Pinchbeck could be*Christopher Pinchbeck, English watchmaker who developed the alloy

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