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1tawdry

adjective taw·dry \ˈt-drē, ˈtä-\

: having a cheap and ugly appearance

: morally low or bad

taw·dri·ertaw·dri·est

Full Definition of TAWDRY

:  cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality; also :  ignoble <a tawdry attempt to smear his opponent>
taw·dri·ly \-drə-lē\ adverb
taw·dri·ness \-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

Rhymes with TAWDRY

2tawdry

noun

Definition of TAWDRY

:  cheap showy finery

First Known Use of TAWDRY

circa 1680

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