Tawdry means gaudy or cheap, or it is mean or nasty.(adjective)
The definition of a tawdry is something cheap or gaudy.(noun)
An example of a tawdry is jewelry made of burnt plastic.
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adjective taw·dri·er, taw·dri·est
Origin: From tawdry lace, lace necktie
Origin: , alteration of Saint Audrey's lace (sold at the annual Saint Audrey's fair, Ely, England)
Origin: , after Saint Audrey (Saint Etheldreda), queen of Northumbria, who died in 679 of a throat tumor, supposedly because she delighted in fancy necklaces as a young woman.
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