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tawdry (adj) cheap and gaudy; of low morals.

Tawdry clothes are cheap and gaudy clothes. Tawdry jewelry is jewelry, which is cheap and is too bright or gaudy. Too colorful clothes that are cheap and appear so, are tawdry. A tawdry affair is an immoral affair. A tawdry behavior is immoral and indecent behavior.

  • Some of the guests at the party wore tawdry jewelry and imitation silks. It was clear that they were cheap and too bright to be of good taste. The clothes were very gaudy and cheap too.
  • He amassed a lot of wealth by all means that he could think of -- good or bad. His life is a tawdry story of cheating and extortion. That is how immoral he is.
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