tawdry

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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
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Some of the juiciest scuttlebutt concerned Bill's stormy personal life (he would eventually father five children by four women), with some of the tawdriest moments playing out in courtrooms.
I kept my temper, though, and after Nic calmed down, we sheepishly made our way through Miami's tawdriest streets to the cheapo parking Nic had found online: $12 a day instead of $20 at the port.