What does tawdry mean?

Definitions for tawdryˈtɔ dri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tawdry.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tawdry

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tawdry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tawdry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ben Williamson:

    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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