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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.
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Adv.1.tawdrily - in a tastelessly garish manner; "the temple was garishly decorated with bright plastic flowers"
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advbillig und geschmacklos; tawdrily dressedaufgedonnert
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In one corner, with his head buried in his arms, a sailor sprawled over a table, and by the tawdrily painted bar that ran across one complete side stood two haggard women, mocking an old man who was brushing the sleeves of his coat with an expression of disgust.
Hypothesis 4 predicted that attitudes toward tawdrily sexualized athletes would be more negative than attitudes toward non-sexualized athletes.
The baubles and ribbons in the feathered wig of the 1653 portrait of the Infanta Maria Teresa (Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum) and her dabbled corsage seem to be execrably and tawdrily daubed, when scrutinised nearby: at a remove they glorify her homely face.