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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.

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Google previewThe Play of Words (2010)

by Richard Lederer

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

Google previewLexicon 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 ...

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

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

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewChambers'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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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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