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by Richard Lederer
The adjective tawdry is a clipping and joining of ...
Edited by Edw. Smedley, Hugh Jam. Rose, and H. John Rose. (Text: voll. XXVI. Plates: voll. III. Index by Edw Smedley
TAWDRY. 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, ...
by Francis Grose, Pierce Egan
TAWDRY. Garish, gawdy, with lace or staring and discordant colours: a term said to be derived ...
or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, comprising a popular view of the present state of knowledge. Illustrated by numerous engravings, a general atlas, and appropriate diagrams by Thomas Curtis
TAWDRY, adj. From. St. Audry, St. Aw- drey, or St. Etheldred, as the things bought at St. Etheldred's fair. — Henshaw and Skinner. Meanly showy; fine without grace; showy without elegance. It is used both of persons and things. Bind your ...
by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)
Pure, clear, subtle; pellucid, transparent; nice; delicate in texture ; slender: hence skilful ; elegant ; beautiful ; and, by easy transition, over-wrought ; tawdry ; showy ; wretched ; mean ; and, metaphorically, artful, sly ; fraudulently subtle : as a ...
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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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