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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAWDRILY

It was flamboyant and showy; cheap, and tawdrily pretentious.

Now the stage paints rudely, often tawdrily; still it does paint.

I had to pull it twice before it was answered; then a slatternly and tawdrily dressed servant put in an appearance.

He found the "domicile" that very day: a tawdrily furnished rez-de-chaussee, obviously destined to far different uses.

The gateway beyond the bridge is tawdrily ornamented with blue and green glazed tiles.

The altar was tawdrily ornamented with pieces of tinsel, shreds of gilt paper, and painted silks.

Tawdrily dressed girls saunter along the sidewalks, or loll from the window-sills.

They are very friendly, are not so tawdrily decorated as those we saw below, and use little or no paint.

Both were young; both were tawdrily dressed, with many strings of beads and rings on neck and fingers.

WORD ORIGIN

"cheap, showy, gaudy," 1670s, adjective use of noun tawdry "silk necktie for women" (1610s), shortened from tawdry lace (1540s), an alteration of St. Audrey's lace, a necktie or ribbon sold at the annual fair at Ely on Oct. 17 commemorating St. Audrey (queen of Northumbria, died 679). Her association with cheap lace necklaces is that she supposedly died of a throat tumor, which she considered God's punishment for her youthful fondness for showy necklaces [Bede].

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