American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold.
- n. A cheap imitation.
- adj. Made of pinchbeck.
- adj. Imitation; spurious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alloy of three or four parts of copper with one of zinc, much used in cheap jewelry.
- Sham; spurious; bogus.
- n. An alloy of copper and zinc once used as imitation gold for cheap jewelry.
- adj. Made of pinchbeck.
- adj. Sham; spurious, artificial; being a cheap substitution; only superficially attractive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold; a yellow metal, composed of about three ounces of zinc to a pound of copper. It is much used as an imitation of gold in the manufacture of cheap jewelry.
- adj. Made of pinchbeck; sham; cheap; spurious; unreal.
- adj. serving as an imitation or substitute
- n. an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
- Named after Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London watchmaker who developed the alloy. (Wiktionary)
- After Christopher Pinchbeck (1670?-1732), English watchmaker. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To-day we analyse ruthlessly thy metre, proclaiming it the butterwoman's rank to market, and thy sentiment, which we dub pinchbeck, and we remember that the Union Jack is used only in the”
“They were ladies of lofty ambition, who for that reason were incapable of taking the least interest in what might be called the 'pinchbeck' things of life, even when they had an historic value, or, generally speaking, in anything that was not directly associated with some object aesthetically precious.”
“_Lays_ as "pinchbeck"; and I am rather disposed to think that he took this opportunity for a sort of sally in flank.”
“Miss Shields had not studied Mr. Matthew Arnold, and was mercifully unaware that not to detect the "pinchbeck" in the _Lays_ is the sign of a grovelling nature.”
“It seems difficult for our girls to discriminate between a style of dressing suitable to a wealthy woman of leisure and that suited to a girl in an office on a salary of possibly $12 per week; or to distinguish between really valuable clothing and pinchbeck imitations.”
“Lit-lit, tearfully shy and frightened, was bedecked by her bearded husband with a new calico dress, splendidly beaded moccasins, a gorgeous silk handkerchief over her raven hair, a purple scarf about her throat, brass ear-rings and finger-rings, and a whole pint of pinchbeck jewellery, including a Waterbury watch.”
“I was absurdly surprised to find, when I myself was converted, that every sort and condition of Christian, practising or pinchbeck, that you can find in the innumerable denominations of Protestantism, can be found in the Catholic Church.”
“Fox holds a potlatch to signalize his marriage to Lit-Lit and she, "tearfully shy and frightened, is bedecked by her husband with a new calico dress, splendidly beaded mocassins, a gorgeous silk handkerchief over her raven hair, a purple scarf about her throat, brass earrings and finger-rings, and a whole pint of pinchbeck jewelry, including a Waterbury watch.”
“I am already thinking about possible research subjects, though the question cannot really arise for several years yet, as I should very much like to feel that I have done some work by the time I leave academia behind, and also because I want to cock a snook at that absurd fellow who has bestridden the field for forty years like a pinchbeck colossus.”
“What are called honors and dignities, and even dignity and honor, are generally of pinchbeck.”
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