Adjective "tawdry" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showy but cheap and of poor quality.
  1. 'Sure, Vegas may be tacky, tawdry, glitzy, pricey, shallow, obscene, and frequently offensive, but dammit, so is America.'
  2. 'I know that with all the ghastly images on TV and tawdry clothing worn by most that bad messages are sent to the young mind.'
  3. 'It was so tawdry and cheap looking, I couldn't resist.'
  4. 'Beside them, lines of impoverished street vendors squat on dirty rush mats, displaying their tawdry collections of cheap plastic keyrings and fake Rolex watches.'
  5. 'The familiar sadness of the ceremony was multiplied by its setting: a tawdry tar-paper barrack surrounded by strips of barbed wire which denied the parents of the honored soldiers the very freedom for which their sons had died.'
  6. 'To simplify matters, he took some photographs with him of Lee's gold-encrusted fist so he could be sure of getting something equally tawdry, ostentatious and meretricious.'
  7. 'Then I distributed the cheap and tawdry things in a convincing fashion all over the house.'
  8. 'All has changed now and Senator Norris's hope that the area would be the Left Bank of Dublin has faded to reveal a tawdry temple to tacky consumerism.'
  9. 'Shares would drop, pop stars would be seen packing their tawdry belongings into Lear jets and jetting off to some marble mansion in the Costa Del Sol to await the return of the Tories and people would start buying gold to hide under their beds.'
  10. 'For most visitors it was shabby and tawdry, with hotel rooms designed to be so uncomfortable that you had to go downstairs and gamble.'
  11. 'the tawdry business of politics'
  12. 'There has been much criticism of this strategy, some from me, but in a way the strategy in itself is contributing to a positive perception that the National leader is somehow above indulging in these tawdry games.'
  13. 'Women seeking counsel on how to get the most out of their husbands can dip into a river of self-help books, tawdry daytime TV shows and features that dramatize the female author's plight in women's magazines.'
  14. 'If we can somehow do that, then we will have the diverse regional parts of this big blue marble as a permanent stage on which to play out our mostly tawdry - but occasionally splendid - human dramas.'
  15. 'Others think this can only be a good thing, saying the outdoor advertising industry has long been seen as tawdry and tasteless.'
  16. 'Liberals read more broadly and deeply, so their intellect infuses the entire catalog, or even all of Western literature, not just a few tawdry best sellers.'
  17. 'Second, a sense that writers, readers and books should dwell in a pure, fluffy space in the clouds, removed from tawdry concerns of image… or even, perhaps, human physicality.'
  18. 'Of course, I am speaking as a mom, and a pretty indignant mom… What a cheap and tawdry political trick.'
  19. 'They are cheap, tawdry politicians not worthy of anything other than contempt.'
  20. 'The silky relationship between art and fashion may seem charming but is often a tawdry, corrupting, even whorish affair.'
  21. 'Not only did he disapprove of gay marriage, but refused to even give relationship status to gay and lesbian couples, preferring the tawdry term ‘liaisons’.'


Cheap and gaudy finery.


    1. (of finery, trappings, etc.) gaudy; showy and cheap.

    2. low or mean; base: tawdry motives. noun

    3. cheap, gaudy apparel.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "tales can be tawdry."

    "sagas can be tawdry."

    "extensions can be tawdry."

    "details can be tawdry."

    "anniversaries can be tawdry."

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    Early 17th century: short for tawdry lace, a fine silk lace or ribbon worn as a necklace in the 16th–17th centuries, contraction of St Audrey's lace: Audrey was a later form of Etheldrida (died 679), patron saint of Ely where tawdry laces, along with cheap imitations and other cheap finery, were traditionally sold at a fair.