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Tawdry in a Sentence

Examples of tawdry in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of tawdry, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - tastelessly showy

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EXAMPLES - Tawdry in a Sentence

  1. Seldom can such a great side have had such a tawdry coronation. (source)
  2. History of Philadelphia, "calls it" tawdry, "to which I fear I must demur. (source)
  3. Much like Foleygate, hearing this kind of tawdry happening always makes my day. (source)
  4. This sort of thing may be called tawdry, but it is not what I call meretricious. (source)
  5. It's just cheap and tawdry, which is what FOX is about anyways. upright left Says: (source)
  6. Anna Nicole will not be "tawdry", a brochure uses inflammatory red letters to warn of (source)
  7. The staff never seems quite sexy enough and the tawdry goings-on not quite tawdry enough. (source)
  8. He also talked about his love of things "tawdry" and how time apart heats up their sex life. (source)
  9. This is why they feel compelled to trawl downmarket like some kind of tawdry Survivor Broadsheet. (source)
  10. The outing was his first before a gallery since the sex scandal made him a tawdry tabloid fixture. (source)
  11. Here is a senator who pled guilty to a misdemeanor in what can best be described as tawdry circumstances. (source)
  12. -- "Rebutting tawdry attacks focuses public attention on them, and prevents the campaign from talking issues." (source)
  13. Whatever the reason: ignorance, arrogance, snobbery or just media ADD, it was in the end, not tawdry so much as sad. (source)
  14. Sean--Does the image of your mother bent over a couch with your father going at her doggy style seem less "tawdry" to you? (source)
  15. This odd bathos between the particular and the immense is clear to us in tawdry pop songs and moments of solitary sublimity (source)
  16. St. Audrey-whose name spread to St. Audrey laces before mutating into the word "tawdry," was not an especially tawdry saint. (source)
  17. The word tawdry has appeared in 61 New York Times articles in the past year, including on March 12 in "On the Bow'ry," by Dan (source)
  18. You throw phrases like "tawdry" and "humiliation", and insinuate that she is so devastated by Bill she can't handle being President. (source)
  19. User-submitted clips with such names as "Giant Butt Girl" and "Wedding Vomit" suggest the kind of tawdry humor that is making guys laugh. (source)
  20. Congressman Eric Massa's abrupt retirement and his ensuing talk show blitz consumed the media with tawdry details of his career's implosion. (source)
  21. Bruni-Sarkozy spoke of her husband with devotion on Wednesday, saying his job was not to fight back tawdry rumors but to work for the French. (source)
  22. "I am not involved in any kind of tawdry clandestine arrangement," Kate continued, "nor do I intend to go into crisis, in or out of the woods. (source)
  23. He rejected McCain's invitation to hold joint town hall meetings -- opening the door to the kind of tawdry exchange of charges that we have seen. (source)
  24. I've seen the "tawdry" promo and listened to the dialogue at least a thousand times on the radio yesterday; to the point where I know it by heart. (source)
  25. The fact that Mary's own mother thinks it's "tawdry" to discuss her lesbianism is quite revealing of the homophobic nature of the Republican party. (source)
  26. Francis in his office she scoffs at the idea of having a tryst in his office and admonishes him for being "tawdry" when he suggests getting a hotel. (source)
  27. You know it's just such typical tabloid journalism to try to cheapen a lovely relationship into some kind of tawdry hookup that's all about the Benjamins. (source)
  28. The story was a tawdry, meaningless thing about the adventures of two men who had stolen a diamond cross -- a strange world into which to come to find Howie. (source)
  29. I think this is going to turn into some kind of tawdry love triangle, but both girls should know better than to fall for a boy who writes in all capital letters. (source)
  30. She was clothed in a kind of tawdry blue dress, much soiled and torn, and had over her shoulders an old tartan shawl, which she drew tightly across her breast as the strangers entered. (source)
  31. Mr. Hayhurst gives us a tawdry tale of cheap hotels, long bus rides, anxious athletes, excessive drinking, endless talk about sex, and scenes involving the author's dysfunctional family. (source)
  32. He blamed ABC News for broadcasting an interview that he called "tawdry and inappropriate," but he did not directly respond to the account from his former wife, to whom he was married for 18 years. (source)
  33. Paula enjoys certain soap operas during the day Days of Our General Hospital, or some damn thing, and what goes on there I haven't seen since my "tawdry" days in America's honkeytonks and dens of iniquity. (source)
  34. Unlike his tawdry VH1 dating series "Rock of Love," this one will focus on Michaels 'relationship with his daughters, Raine and Jorja, and their mother, Kristi Lynn Gibson, Michaels' on-again-off-again girlfriend. (source)
  35. I think describing sperm donation as "tawdry" is a stretch, and donating sperm so that a couple unable to conceive on their own is able to have a child doesn't necessarily contribute to the disintegration of the family. (source)
  36. And though Glenn was not instantly cured -- that would've rendered the experience tawdry -- he knew that, in the end, whether or not he wrote another word was besides the point; the worth of his life would be measured otherwise. (source)
  37. During his fake 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Colbert admitted it was "tawdry" and "cheapened the process" when his coverage of the race was called "The Hail to the Cheese Stephen Colbert Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign." (source)
  38. Settling herself down to a review of her past as a preliminary to the consideration of her future, and hunting in it to begin with for any justification of that distressing word tawdry, the next thing she knew was that she wasn't thinking about this at all, but had somehow switched on to Mr. Wilkins. (source)
  39. Empire, art, as may be imagined, was at a very low ebb; and, aping the Government of the day, and catering to the national taste and vanity, it was a kind of tawdry caricature of the sublime; of which the pictures of David and Girodet, and almost the entire collection now at the Luxembourg Palace, will give pretty fair examples. (source)
  40. The divorce, characterized in the New York Times as "tawdry," made national headlines, flamed by Dawn's claim in court papers that the governor had been carrying on an affair with the wife of a Reno podiatrist - longtime friends of the Gibbonses - with whom he exchanged hundreds of text messages, and also with a former Playboy model. (source)
  41. Under the Empire, art, as may be imagined, was at a very low ebb; and, aping the Government of the day, and catering to the national taste and vanity, it was a kind of tawdry caricature of the sublime; of which the pictures of David and Girodet, and almost the entire collection now at the Luxembourg Palace, will give pretty fair examples. (source)
  42. a new Aardman ident for Saturday night - with a banner advertising Over the Rainbow, the talent search for a young woman to play Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz. Viewers complained on guardian. that the "tawdry" trail spoiled the drama: "Who could possibly have thought that was a good idea?" wrote Daniboi. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "tawdry" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 31 synonyms for tawdry.

blatant, brazen, chintzy, common, crude, dirty, flaring, flashy, flaunting, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, glaring, glittering, glitzy, jazzy, junky, loud, meretricious, obtrusive, offensive, plastic, poor, raffish, screaming, showy, sleazy, sporty, tacky, tinsel, vulgar


We have 3 antonyms for tawdry.

nice, sophisticated, tasteful


Pronunciation: (tôˈdrē)

Syllabification: taw-dry


View up to 25 definitions of tawdry from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance. See Synonyms at gaudy1.
  2. (adjective) Shameful or indecent: tawdry secrets.
  3. (noun) Cheap and gaudy finery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Cheap and gaudy; showy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Bought at the festival of St. Audrey.
  2. (adjective) Very fine and showy in colors, without taste or elegance; having an excess of showy ornaments without grace; cheap and gaudy
  3. (noun) A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) A piece of rustic or cheap finery; a necklace, as of strung beads; a ribbon.
  2. (None) Characterized by cheap finery; gaudy; showy and tasteless; having too much or misapplied ornament; cheap; worthless.
  3. (None) Synonyms Tawdry, Gaudy. That which is tawdry has lost whatever freshness or elegance it has had, but is worn as if it were fresh, tasteful, and elegant, or it may be a cheap and ostentatious imitation of what is rich or costly; that which is gaudy challenges the eye by brilliant color or combinations of colors, but is not in good taste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) tastelessly showy
  2. (adjective) cheap and shoddy