kitsch

[kich]
noun
something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

Origin:
1925–30; < German, derivative of kitschen to throw together (a work of art)

kitschy, adjective
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kitsch (kɪtʃ)
 
n
a.  tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
 b.  (as modifier): a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven
 
[C20: from German]
 
'kitschy
 
adj

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kitsch
1926, from Ger., lit. "gaudy, trash," from dial. kitschen "to smear."
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kitsch [(kich)]

Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.

Note: Kitsch in literature and music is associated with sentimentalism as well as bad taste.
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Example sentences
His aim is to attract tourists from the city, but the kitschy farm fails
  miserably.
Next to a kitschy gift shop that sells ninja action figures and wax paper
  umbrellas, a metal security gate shrouds a storefront.
Inside, the couple has pulled up the mauve shag carpet and torn down the
  kitschy wallpaper.
It's kitschy in design, constructed of plastic imprinted with wood grain.
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