- Tawdry means gaudy or cheap, or it is mean or nasty.
- An example of tawdry used as an adjective is the phrase tawdry jewelry which means cheap, plastic-looking jewelry with big fake stones.
- An example of tawdry used as an adjective is the phrase tawdry person which means a cruel individual.
- The definition of a tawdry is something cheap or gaudy.
An example of a tawdry is jewelry made of burnt plastic.
cheap and showy; gaudy; sleazy
Origin of tawdryby syllabic merging of St. Audrey, especially in St. Audrey laces, women's neckpieces sold at St. Audrey's fair in Norwich, England
- Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance. See Synonyms at garish.
- Shameful or indecent: tawdry secrets.
Cheap and gaudy finery.
Origin of tawdryFrom tawdry lace lace necktie alteration of Saint Audrey's lace ( sold at the annual Saint Audrey's fair, Ely, England ) 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
(comparative tawdrier, superlative tawdriest)
Shortened from tawdry lace.