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

User Contributed Dictionary



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



  1. Spurious; fraudulent; artificial.

Extensive Definition

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

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