adjective, taw·dri·er, taw·dri·est.
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Origin of tawdry
OTHER WORDS FROM tawdrytaw·dri·ly, adverbtaw·dri·ness, nounun·taw·dry, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for tawdry
There is, however, one unsung hero to this otherwise tawdry story.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
In the centre of this table stood a tawdry Japanese vase, worth, perhaps, five or six shillings.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Even the children were not whimpering, the tawdry women were not hysterical, not a parrot raised his voice nor a dog whined.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
Singularly enough, this modest lady gave the origin to the word “tawdry,” so Thornbury declares.Milton's England|Lucia Ames Mead
Can't you see what a miserable sham the thing is—a cheap, tawdry imitation of the splendid classic type?The Tinted Venus|F. Anstey