1. in poor taste; cheap; vulgar
1. I was surprised that such a cultured man should have such tawdry décor in his house.
2. reflecting a lack of decency, good manners or culture
2. When the philosopher came to our university to give a lecture, the university president couldn't even be bothered to meet him, and I was ashamed that such a great man should be treated in such a tawdry way.
Tawdry sounds like Laundry -> clothes -> gaudy/showy/cheaply shining clothes tawdry sounds like rowdy. a cheap person indeed!!