Definition of pinchbeck in English:

pinchbeck

noun

  • [mass noun] An alloy of copper and zinc resembling gold, used in watchmaking and cheap jewellery.

adjective

  • Appearing valuable, but actually cheap or tawdry.

    • ‘Of course, Muggeridge was unreformed, and when he actually decided to take religion seriously he was contemptuously dismissed as ‘a pinchbeck Savonarola’.’
    • ‘The first had been newly choreographed by Ashton and looked for the most part like little more than a pinchbeck parody of a Soviet-style solo.’
    poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, cheapjack, gimcrack, brummagem, pinchbeck
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Origin

Mid 18th century: named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker.

Pronunciation:

pinchbeck

/ˈpɪn(t)ʃbɛk/