tawdry

Part of speech: noun

Tawdriness.

Part of speech: adjective

Showy without eleganoe; gaudy.

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Usage examples "tawdry":

  1. The morning wind swept down the cross- street from the East River and the lights of the street lamps and of the saloon looked old and tawdry. - "Gallegher and Other Stories", Richard Harding Davis.
  2. Old keys, rusty padlocks, shapeless lumps of battered iron, cheap hats and tawdry bedsteads, with the inevitable apparatus of the lemonade seller, brown jars, golden fruit, and dark green leaves, all dripping in the shade- such are the wares set out to attract the seething crowd which saunters to and fro. - "Naples Past and Present", Arthur H. Norway.
  3. Certainly her father would not favour the tawdry and the vulgar. - "The Crown of Life", George Gissing.