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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 taw·dry /ˈtɔdri, ˈtɑ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Taw·dry, n.; pl. Tawdries  A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general. [Obs.]
 Of which the Naiads and the blue Nereids make
 Them tawdries for their necks.   --Drayton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Taw·dry a. [Compar. Tawdrier superl. Tawdriest.]
 1. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey. [Obs.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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, trashy]
      2: cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the
         low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist [syn: cheapjack, shoddy]
      [also: tawdriest, tawdrier]