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adj. taw·dri·er, taw·dri·est
1. Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance. See Synonyms at garish.
2. Shameful or indecent: tawdry secrets.
Cheap and gaudy finery.

[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.]

taw′dri·ly adv.
taw′dri·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tawdriness - tasteless showinesstawdriness - tasteless showiness      
tastelessness - inelegance indicated by a lack of good taste


[ˈtɔːdrɪnɪs] N [of place, town] → chabacanería f


n (of jewellery, decorations etc)ordinäre Protzigkeit; (of story, idea)Geschmacklosigkeit f; the tawdriness of her appearanceihre billige und geschmacklose Aufmachung
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