brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy(adj)
"a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry(adj)
cheap and shoddy
"cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist
Cheap and gaudy; showy.
Origin: Shortened from tawdry lace.
bought at the festival of St. Audrey
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
a necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
taw′dri, adj. showy without taste: gaudily dressed.—adj. Taw′dered, tawdrily dressed.—adv. Taw′drily.—n. Taw′driness.—n.pl. Taw′drums, finery. [Said to be corr. from St Awdrey=St Ethelreda, at whose fair (17th October) laces and gay toys were sold.]
The numerical value of tawdry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of tawdry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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An end to SeaWorld's tawdry and circus-style performance is inevitable, but it's actually captivity that denies these far-ranging orca the opportunity to engage in behaviors that are natural and important to them.
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