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 for Tawdrier
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tawdry \Taw"dry\, a. [Compar. Tawdrier; superl. Tawdriest.]
     [Said to be corrupted from Saint Audrey, or Auldrey, meaning
     Saint Ethelreda, implying therefore, originally, bought at
     the fair of St. Audrey, where laces and gay toys of all sorts
     were sold. This fair was held in Isle Ely, and probably at
     other places, on the day of the saint, which was the 17th of
     October.]
     1. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey. [Obs.]
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              And gird in your waist,
              For more fineness, with a tawdry lace. --Spenser.
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     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.
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              He rails from morning to night at essenced fops and
              tawdry courtiers.                     --Spectator.
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