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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

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adjective - degrees: more tawdry / tawdrier | most tawdry / tawdriest

  1. tastelessly showy
  2. made of inferior workmanship and materials

Alternative definition of the adjective tawdry


  1. Cheap and gaudy; showy.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for tawdry

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Google previewThe Play of Words (2010)

by Richard Lederer

The adjective tawdry is a clipping and joining of ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, William Davenport Adams

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.

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

tawdry (TÔ-drē) adj. Things (clothes, makeup ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1828)

Richardson, TAWDRY, adj. [from Stawdrey, Saint Awdrey, or Saint ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1900)

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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Quotes about tawdry

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents. (Edmund Leach)
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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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