adjective, taw·dri·er, taw·dri·est.
Origin of tawdry
Examples from the Web for tawdry
The show has been accused of peddling the kind of tawdry sentiment that has driven the inhabitants of Detroit to distraction.
So, why is it, then that are there so few movies lately that are not jaded, tawdry, humorlessly moralistic, or amorally violent?
But using donors to enrich oneself is as an old and tawdry practice that is about getting rich, not famous.How Did Cory Booker Get Himself Into Such a Dumb Money Mess?|Stuart Stevens|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The tawdry details of the Clinton scandals differed, but the basic narrative was one to which Americans were becoming inured.
The only way to achieve this, she decides, is to live tawdrily, in a tawdry place.American Dreams, 1943: 'Two Serious Ladies' by Jane Bowles|Nathaniel Rich|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her dress was tawdry, cheap, and loud, showing signs of wear; her hair was unkempt; her manners were not the manners of a lady.Prince Zaleski|M.P. Shiel
Like all savages, they were fond of toys and tawdry ornaments.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia|Charles Campbell
The altar-piece is tawdry, and not in the usual good taste of the chateau.
It was evidently a cheap and tawdry notion store, well suited to its locality.The White Moll|Frank L. Packard
The effect of this was certainly incongruous, not to say tawdry.Aztec Land|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for tawdry
adjective -drier or -driest
Word Origin for tawdry
Word Origin and History for tawdry
"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].