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taw·dry

 (tô′drē)
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.
n.
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.

tawdry

(ˈtɔːdrɪ)
adj, -drier or -driest
cheap, showy, and of poor quality: tawdry jewellery.
[C16 tawdry lace, shortened and altered from Seynt Audries lace, finery sold at the fair of St Audrey (Etheldrida), 7th-century queen of Northumbria and patron saint of Ely, Cambridgeshire]
ˈtawdrily adv
ˈtawdriness n

taw•dry

(ˈtɔ dri)

adj. -dri•er, -dri•est,
n. adj.
1. showy and cheap; gaudy.
2. low or mean; base.
n.
3. cheap, gaudy apparel.
[1605–15; short for (Sain)t Audrey lace, i.e., neck lace bought at St. Audrey's Fair in Ely, England]
taw′dri•ly, adv.
taw′dri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tawdry - tastelessly showytawdry - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
2.tawdry - cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist
inferior - of low or inferior quality

tawdry

adjective vulgar, cheap, tacky (informal), flashy, tasteless, plastic (slang), glittering, naff (Brit. slang), gaudy, tatty, showy, tinsel, raffish, gimcrack, meretricious, tinselly, cheap-jack (informal) tawdry jewellery
elegant, stylish, tasteful, simple, plain, refined, graceful, well-tailored, unostentatious, unflashy

tawdry

adjective
Tastelessly showy:
Informal: tacky.
Translations

tawdry

[ˈtɔːdrɪ] ADJ (tawdrier (compar) (tawdriest (superl))) [jewellery] → de oropel, de relumbrón; [clothes] → chabacano, hortera (Sp) ; [decor] → charro, hortera (Sp) ; [place, town] → chabacano; (= sordid) [affair, business] → sórdido

tawdry

[ˈtɔːdri] adj
(= sordid) [reality, tale, affair] → sordide
(= tacky) [jewellery, clothes] → toc

tawdry

adj (+er) clothesbillig und geschmacklos; hat, splendour, decorationsordinär; person, appearanceaufgedonnert; story, ideageschmacklos; all this cheap and tawdry jewelleryall dieser billige Flitterkram

tawdry

[ˈtɔːdrɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → pacchiano/a
References in classic literature ?
It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding-cake.
Look what a tawdry and vulgar thing an embroidered slipper is on a woman's foot.
It was the usual collection of small oddments: bits of cloth, quack medicines, cheap fairings, a clothful of atta - greyish, rough- ground native flour - twists of down-country tobacco, tawdry pipe- stems, and a packet of curry-stuff, all wrapped in.
It was the conventional, rather tawdry kind of erection for its purpose: a flattened dome or canopy, gilt here and there, and lifted on six slender pillars of painted wood, the whole being raised about five feet above the parade on a round wooden platform like a drum.
Her new cerise dress has been a failure, and makes her look tawdry and wan.
Over it hang some fifty gold and silver lamps, which are kept always burning, and the place is otherwise scandalized by trumpery, gewgaws, and tawdry ornamentation.
I wanted no plot by the time she reached her destination, a street of tawdry shops.
He had time to note the light, fluffy something that hid her queenly head, the tasteful lines of her wrapped figure, the gracefulness of her carriage and of the hand that caught up her skirts; and then she was gone and he was left staring at the two girls of the cannery, at their tawdry attempts at prettiness of dress, their tragic efforts to be clean and trim, the cheap cloth, the cheap ribbons, and the cheap rings on the fingers.
Beside him even the venerable head of the university looked tawdry and small.
Long lines of dull brick houses were only relieved by the coarse glare and tawdry brilliancy of public houses at the corner.
Life had become cheap and tawdry, a beastly and inarticulate thing, a soulless stirring of the ooze and slime.
The last scene of her dismal Vanity Fair comedy was fast approaching; the tawdry lamps were going out one by one; and the dark curtain was almost ready to descend.