An example of a tawdry is jewelry made of burnt plastic.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of tawdry
- From 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Shortened from tawdry lace.