- 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.