Tawdry

Definition of Tawdry

Taw´dry
a.1.Bought at the festival of St. Audrey.
And gird in your waist,
For more fineness, with a tawdry lace.
- Spenser.
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.
He rails from morning to night at essenced fops and tawdry courtiers.
- Spectator.
n.1.A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general.
Of which the Naiads and the blue Nereids make
Them tawdries for their necks.
- Drayton.

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