Definition of tawdry :
1. A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general.
2. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey.
3. 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.
jazzy, trashy, bum, sporty, cheesy, poor, ratty, shabby, flash, showy, shoddy, chinchy, cheapjack, tacky, tatty, forte, loud, bodacious, brassy, barefaced, jerry-built, misleading, meretricious, in poor taste, style, punk, specious, tinny, brummagem, brazen-faced, audacious, gimcrack, deceptive, moth-eaten, crummy, bald-faced, tinsel, gilded, flashy, inferior, inexpensive, rubbishy, insolent, brasslike
inelegant (part of speech: adjective)
vulgar (part of speech: adjective)
earthy, crude, salty, philistine, cheap, degraded, low, gaudy, common, depraved, barnyard, rude, gross, unpolished, sordid, sleazy, repulsive, inelegant, homespun, animal, offensive, colloquial, shameless, unbecoming, base, profane, boorish, ignoble, undignified, rough, cockney, raw, rank, crass, glaring, tactless, coarse, indelicate, ignominious, tasteless, unrefined, barbaric, brazen, scandalous, graceless, clumsy, unseemly, in bad taste, ill-bred, chintzy, coarse-grained, revolting, outlandish, brutish, obscene, vulgar, idiomatic, garish, broad
- " History," I said, " is already shifting the significance out of Western Europe altogether, and we English cannot see it; we can see no further than Berlin, and these Germans can think of nothing better than to taunt the French with such tawdry effigies as this! - "The Passionate Friends", Herbert George Wells.
- He saw her, silent and gentle, in her tawdry mother's tawdry house; he heard her grave quiet voice. - "The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece", Anne Douglas Sedgwick.
- It was the face of a girl- a very tired and tawdry girl, of sixteen, perhaps. - "Fanny Herself", Edna Ferber.