adjective, taw·dri·er, taw·dri·est.
Origin of tawdry
Examples from the Web for tawdriness
His clothes were too fine, despite their tawdriness, his sword hilt too much in evidence.Madame Flirt|Charles E. Pearce
The first impression which one receives upon entering the inner precincts of the kraton is of tawdriness and dilapidation.Where the Strange Trails Go Down|E. Alexander Powell
In spite of the gilded sea-horses and chariot, there is no tawdriness here; all is bold, splendid, and imposing.The Mediterranean|T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
In its ugliness he perceived only beauty, in its tawdriness only the graces that are sweet offerings to God.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
And there is none of the tawdriness about the altars that belongs to churches in which people make themselves at home.A Spring Walk in Provence|Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for tawdriness
adjective -drier or -driest
Word Origin for tawdry
Word Origin and History for tawdriness
"cheap, showy, gaudy," 1670s, adjective use of noun tawdry "silk necktie for women" (1610s), shortened from tawdry lace (1540s), an alteration of St. Audrey's lace, a necktie or ribbon sold at the annual fair at Ely on Oct. 17 commemorating St. Audrey (queen of Northumbria, died 679). Her association with cheap lace necklaces is that she supposedly died of a throat tumor, which she considered God's punishment for her youthful fondness for showy necklaces [Bede].