1. made of pinchbeck.
  2. sham, spurious, or counterfeit: pinchbeck heroism.

Origin of pinchbeck

1725–35; named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker and its inventor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for pinchbeck


  1. an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
  2. a spurious or cheap imitation; sham
  1. made of pinchbeck
  2. sham, spurious, or cheap

Word Origin for pinchbeck

C18 (the alloy), C19 (something spurious): after Christopher Pinchbeck (?1670–1732), English watchmaker who invented it
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