Tawdry definition

tôdrē
Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance.
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The definition of a tawdry is something cheap or gaudy.

An example of a tawdry is jewelry made of burnt plastic.

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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.

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Shameful or indecent.

Tawdry secrets.

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Cheap and gaudy finery.
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Cheap and showy; gaudy; sleazy.
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(of clothing, appearance, etc.) Cheap and gaudy; showy.
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(of character, behavior, situations, etc.) Unseemly, base, shameful.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
tawdry
Comparative:
tawdrier
Superlative:
tawdriest

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.

    From Wiktionary