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Definition of Tawdry

Tawdry

  1. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey.
  2. Very fine and showy in colors, without taste or elegance; having an excess of showy ornaments without grace; cheap and gaudy; as, a tawdry dress; tawdry feathers; tawdry colors.
  3. A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general.

Tawdry Quotations

I'm not a villain, I've never hurt anyone. I'm just a tawdry character who explodes now and again.
Oliver Reed

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

The artistic taste of the Catholic priests is appalling and I am most anxious to have a Catholic church in which everything is genuine and good, and not tawdry and ostentatious.
Giles Gilbert Scott

Do I like tawdry, sleazy stories? Yeah, I do.
Errol Morris

I probably owe my political dismay to New Labour, but also my growing sense that the satirical shape of human affairs is international and historical, not glued to the tawdry ambitions of a team of politicians who represent nothing but themselves.
Andrew O'Hagan
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Tawdry Translations

tawdry in German is kitschig, flitterhaft
tawdry in Swedish is uttstyrd