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tawdry

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adjective taw·dry \ˈtȯ-drē, ˈtä-\

Simple Definition of tawdry

  • : having a cheap and ugly appearance

  • : morally low or bad

Full Definition of tawdry

taw·dri·ertaw·dri·est

  1. :  cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality; also :  ignoble <a tawdry attempt to smear his opponent>

taw·dri·ly play \-drə-lē\ adverb
taw·dri·ness play \-drē-nəs\ noun

Examples of tawdry

  1. The scandal was a tawdry affair.



Origin of tawdry

tawdry lace a tie of lace for the neck, from St. Audrey (St. Etheldreda) †679 queen of Northumbria


First Known Use: 1655

Synonym Discussion of tawdry

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation <circus performers in gaudy costumes>. tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy <tawdry saloons>. garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright <garish neon signs>. flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar <a flashy nightclub act>. meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise <a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars>.

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tawdry

noun taw·dry

Definition of tawdry

  1. :  cheap showy finery



Circa 1680

First Known Use of tawdry

circa 1680


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