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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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2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips
tawdry (TÔ-drē) adj. Things (clothes, makeup ...
Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Tawdry Tear and the jawbone, but probably Chamor (translated an ats) was the name of a hill or series of hills like Taurus, and should not havo been translated. Similarly, Lehi (translated a jawbone) is probably a proper name also, and refers ...
Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley
Tawdry. (1) Orig. fine, elegant, trim ; whence (2) cheaply showy, ignor- antly fine. Also derivations such as tawdered, tawdrily, tawdriness, etc.
ichardson, TAWDRY, adj. [from Stawdrey, Saint Awdrey, or Saint Etheldred, as the things bought at Saint Etheldred's fair. Henshaw, Skinner.] ...
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell (1895)
by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Tawdry. Showy ...
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 ...
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- Tawdry ode in iron
Lamp post on the Union Boulevard in Bucharest, showing the unbelievable good taste of late Communist architecture.
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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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