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Tawdry (gaudy, cheap, or showy) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
Definition of the adjective tawdry
What does tawdry mean as an attribute of a noun?
adjective - degrees: more tawdry / tawdrier | most tawdry / tawdriest
- tastelessly showy
- made of inferior workmanship and materials
Alternative definition of the adjective tawdry
- Cheap and gaudy; showy.
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Dictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)
Audrey's lace was sold, and gave foundation to our word tawdry, which means anything gaudy, in bad taste, and of little value. ( JSet Tahthont.) Tawdry: Astrigmenta, tiro brig*, aea faaclolea, empta DUQdlDiB s.
2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips
tawdry (TÔ-drē) adj. Things (clothes, makeup ...
Encyclopaedia Metropolitana; or, universal dictionary of knowledge, on an original plan: comprising the twofold advantage of a philosophical and an alphabetical arrangement, with appropriate engravings (1845)
Edited by Edw. Smedley, Hugh Jam. Rose, and H. John Rose. (Text: voll. XXVI. Plates: voll. III. Index
TAWDRY. TAX. TAX. TAX. tween the ribs are flat, and furnished wilh one vitta each, and the commissure has a deep furrow in the centre ; carpophore undivided. Of this genus only a single species is known; it is a ' perennial herb, a native of ...
Richardson, TAWDRY, adj. [from Stawdrey, Saint Awdrey, or Saint Etheldred, as the things bought at Saint Etheldred's fair. Henshaw, Skinner.] Meanly shewy; splendid without cost ; fine without grace ; shewy without elegance. It is used both ...
by Louisa Pansegrouw
contemptible, cut-price, despicable, economical, inexpensive, inferior, keen, low, low-priced, lowly, mean, paltry, poor, reduced, sale, scurvy, second-rate, shoddy, showy, sordid, tatty, tawdry, vulgar, worthless cheap and showy flash, tawdry ...
Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Tawdry. Showy ...
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Scrabble value of T1A1W4D2R1Y4
The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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