Definitions for tawdryˈtɔ dri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

taw•dryˈtɔ dri(adj.; n.)-dri•er, -dri•est

  1. (adj.)showy and cheap; gaudy.

  2. low or mean; base.

  3. (n.)cheap, gaudy apparel.

Origin of tawdry:

1605–15; short for (Sain)t Audrey lace, i.e., neck lace bought at St. Audrey's Fair in Ely, England


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy(adj)

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

  2. cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry(adj)

    cheap and shoddy

    "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist


  1. tawdry(Adjective)

    Cheap and gaudy; showy.

  2. Origin: Shortened from tawdry lace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tawdry

    bought at the festival of St. Audrey

  2. Tawdry

    very fine and showy in colors, without taste or elegance; having an excess of showy ornaments without grace; cheap and gaudy; as, a tawdry dress; tawdry feathers; tawdry colors

  3. Tawdry(noun)

    a necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general


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