- something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.
Origin of kitsch
Examples from the Web for kitsch
In a show with no shortage of great performances, Kitsch stood out.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man
November 1, 2014
The fringes of the scarf lead to a collection of kitsch photos colored in purple dye.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
The Daily Beast spoke with Kitsch about his exciting new role, the idiocy of gay-bashing, and much more.Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military
May 23, 2014
We already knew Florida was the capital of kitsch, but the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show just outside Tampa takes it to a new level.The World’s Craziest Underwater Adventures
May 14, 2014
So, Kitsch returned to Vancouver with his head between his legs.‘Lone Survivor’ Taylor Kitsch’s Journey From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 18, 2013
- tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
- (as modifier)a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven
Word Origin and History for kitsch
1926, from German kitsch, literally "gaudy, trash," from dialectal kitschen "to smear."
What we English people call ugliness in German art is simply the furious reaction against what Germans call süsses Kitsch, the art of the picture postcard, and of what corresponds to the royalty ballad. It has for years been their constant reproach against us that England is the great country of Kitsch. Many years ago a German who loved England only too well said to me, 'I like your English word plain; it is a word for which we have no equivalent in German, because all German women are plain.' He might well have balanced it by saying that English has no equivalent for the word Kitsch. [Edward J. Dent, "The Music of Arnold Schönberg," "The Living Age," July 9, 1921]
Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.