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 for tawdry
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
     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
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              He rails from morning to night at essenced fops and
              tawdry courtiers.                     --Spectator.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tawdry \Taw"dry\, n.; pl. Tawdries.
     A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair;
     hence, a necklace in general. [Obs.]
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           Of which the Naiads and the blue Nereids make
           Them tawdries for their necks.           --Drayton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring";
             "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts";
             "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
             [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish,
             gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky,
             tatty, tawdry, trashy]
      2: cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the
         low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist [syn: cheapjack,
         shoddy, tawdry]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "tawdry":
     blatant, brazen, brazenfaced, brummagem, cheap, cheapjack, chintzy,
     colorful, common, crude, extravagant, flagrant, flaring, flashy,
     flaunting, garish, gaudy, glaring, gorgeous, loud, lurid,
     meretricious, obtrusive, plastic, screaming, sensational, shabby,
     shameless, showy, sleazy, spectacular, tacky, tatty, tinny, tinsel,
     tinselly, vulgar

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