The tawdry details of the Clinton scandals differed, but the basic narrative was one to which Americans were becoming inured.
Her tale is one of frequent drug abuse and an over-eagerness to please her tawdry boyfriend.
The show has been accused of peddling the kind of tawdry sentiment that has driven the inhabitants of Detroit to distraction.
All that is left are the tawdry images of an old woman in a hospital nightgown.
New York high society has reasserted itself in the tawdry battle for Astor's millions.
What a tawdry world was this, in which clothes and food and houses are necessary!
The town was tawdry in its preparations--and knew it; but half sincere in its enthusiasm--and knew it.
A covered araba concealed the mother and daughters: we caught glimpses of tawdry garments and towzled heads.
The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.
A tawdry pantomime was life, a pouring of blood, a grappling with shadows, a digging of graves.
"cheap, showy, gaudy," 1670s, adjective use of noun tawdry "silk necktie for women" (1610s), shortened from tawdry lace (1540s), an alteration of St. Audrey's lace, a necktie or ribbon sold at the annual fair at Ely on Oct. 17 commemorating St. Audrey (queen of Northumbria, died 679). Her association with cheap lace necklaces is that she supposedly died of a throat tumor, which she considered God's punishment for her youthful fondness for showy necklaces [Bede].