- an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry
- anything cheap or imitation
Origin of pinchbeckafter C. Pinchbeck, Eng jeweler who invented it (c. 1725)
- made of pinchbeck
- cheap, imitation, sham, etc.
- An alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold.
- A cheap imitation.
- Made of pinchbeck.
- Imitation; spurious.
Origin of pinchbeckAfter Christopher Pinchbeck, (1670?–1732), English watchmaker.
(comparative more pinchbeck, superlative most pinchbeck)
Named after Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London watchmaker who developed the alloy.