• IPA: /ˈtɔːdɹi/

tawdry (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Tawdry lace. [17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Anything gaudy and cheap; pretentious finery. [17th–19th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 65:
      That fiddling, parading fellow (you know who I mean) made us wait for him two hours […] only for the sake of having a little more tawdry upon his housings […].

tawdry (comparative tawdrier, superlative tawdriest)

  1. (of clothing, appearance, etc.) Cheap and gaudy; showy.
  2. (of character, behavior, situations, etc.) Unseemly, base, shameful.
    • 2008 August 9, Clemente Lisi, "Lusty Lies of Don Juan John ↗," New York Post (retrieved 16 Dec 2013):
      After months of flat-out lying to the public, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally copped to having a sleazy extramarital fling. . . . The tawdry affair has dogged Edwards over the past few months.
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