- an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
- something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.
- made of pinchbeck.
- sham, spurious, or counterfeit: pinchbeck heroism.
Origin of pinchbeck
Examples from the Web for pinchbeck
Historical Examples of pinchbeck
Nothing but our own pinchbeck ideas could ascribe to Him this pettiness.The Conquest of Fear
The English lady was pinchbeck by contrast with all about her.In the Valley
There are pinchbeck imitations which are neither sacred nor helpful.The Family and it's Members
Anna Garlin Spencer
But it was only a pinchbeck thing, an imitation, a bauble, an empty show.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Gold is gold, and pinchbeck is pinchbeck, in character as in metal.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
- an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
- a spurious or cheap imitation; sham
- made of pinchbeck
- sham, spurious, or cheap