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The few ornaments were new, and not at all dusty or dingy or tawdry.

The town was tawdry in its preparations--and knew it; but half sincere in its enthusiasm--and knew it.

The effect of this was certainly incongruous, not to say tawdry.

The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.

The fire was the only adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.

He walked into the tawdry parlour and put down his hat and stick, and waited.

Then sprang into existence the tawdry, the common, the gewgaw.

The furniture in all the rooms was cheap and tawdry but fairly comfortable.

It's tawdry and it's vulgar; and as for its morals, I think that it's worse than Monte Carlo.

As much, unfortunately, cannot be said for the tawdry statue in its canopy.

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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