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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: tawdry lace 'necklace' (16-18 centuries), from St. Audrey's lace, from St. Audrey 7th-century queen of Northumbria, England; because it was originally sold at fairs in honor of St. Audrey

tawdry

adjective
     
taw‧dry
1 cheaply and badly made:
tawdry jewellery and fake furs
2 showing low moral standards:
a tawdry tale of lies and deception
tawdriness noun [uncountable]

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