Suppose I bought a fake rolex watch from a flea market. If a friend ask me, "Is it really ROLEX?". What will be a good word for "cheap imitation"?
You can informally use knock off (ODO)
informal A copy or imitation, especially of an expensive product:
[AS MODIFIER]: knock-off merchandise
The term fake carries the connotation of "cheap imitation" you are referring to:
- an object that is made to look real or valuable in order to deceive people:
- Experts revealed that the painting was a fake. The gun in his hand was a fake.
- It it a Rokex or is it a fake?
Faux /ˈfoʊ/ is a French word for "false". The adjective has been adopted into the English language to describe an imitation or ersatz good.1
A good faux Rolex can be used to impress the rubes.