Tawdrier
Tawdry Taw"dry, a. [Compar. {Tawdrier}; superl. {Tawdriest}.] [Said to be corrupted from Saint Audrey, or Auldrey, meaning Saint Ethelreda, implying therefore, originally, bought at the fair of St. Audrey, where laces and gay toys of all sorts were sold. This fair was held in Isle Ely, and probably at other places, on the day of the saint, which was the 17th of October.] 1. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And gird in your waist, For more fineness, with a tawdry lace. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

He rails from morning to night at essenced fops and tawdry courtiers. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]


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  • tawdry — adjective (tawdrier, tawdriest) 1》 showy but cheap and of poor quality. 2》 sordid; sleazy. noun archaic cheap and gaudy finery. Derivatives tawdrily adverb tawdriness noun Word History Tawdry is short for tawdry lace, a …   English new terms dictionary

  • tawdry — UK [ˈtɔːdrɪ] / US [ˈtɔdrɪ] adjective Word forms tawdry : adjective tawdry comparative tawdrier superlative tawdriest 1) cheap and of bad quality 2) unpleasant, or immoral a tawdry affair Derived word: tawdriness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

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