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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective tawdry:
Definition of tawdry
What does tawdry mean?
- tastelessly showy
- made of inferior workmanship and materials
- Cheap and gaudy; showy.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for tawdry
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The Play of Words (2010)
by Richard Lederer
The adjective tawdry is a clipping and joining of ...
Lexicon Balatronicum. A dictionary of Buckish slang, University wit, and Pick Pocket eloquence. ... Altered and enlarged ... by a member of the Whip Club (1823)
by Francis Grose, Pierce Egan
TAWDRY. Garish, gawdy, with lace or staring and discordant colours: a term said to be derived ...
Encyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1828)
Richardson, TAWDRY, adj. [from Stawdrey, Saint Awdrey, or Saint ...
The London encyclopaedia (1829)
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 ...
Chambers's New Handy Volume American Encyclopaedia (1883)
Being a Reprint Entire of the Last Edinburgh and London Edition of Chambers's Encyclopaedia. A Library of Universal Knowledge for the People. With Very Large Additions Upon Topics of Special Interest to American Readers; and Giving American Statistics of Population Down to the Census of 1880
Tawdry, as applied to any Inferior kind of frippery, is believed to be a corrupt use of the term St Audrey. END OF VOLUME FOUR CHAMBERS' ENCYCLOPEDIA.
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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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