Tawdry vs Tabloidize - What's the difference?

tawdry | tabloidize |

As an adjective tawdry

is cheap and gaudy; showy.

As a verb tabloidize is

to convert or assimilate into tabloid journalism; to make tawdry and sensational.




  • Cheap and gaudy; showy.
  • * 1823 , , Quentin Durward , ch. 33:
  • The rest of his dress—a dress always sufficiently tawdry —was overcharged with lace, embroidery, and ornament of every kind, and the plume of feathers which he wore was so high, as if intended to sweep the roof of the hall.
  • * 1917 , , Calvary Alley , ch. 20:
  • It was all cheap and incredibly tawdry , from the festoons of paper roses on the walls to the flash of paste jewels in make-believe crowns.
  • Unseemly, base, shameful.
  • * 1918 , , The Forty-Niners , ch. 1:
  • [T]he "greaser" was a dirty, idle, shiftless, treacherous, tawdry vagabond, dwelling in a disgracefully primitive house, and backward in every aspect of civilization.
  • * 1920 , , The Great Impersonation , ch. 16:
  • The woman's passion by his side seemed suddenly tawdry and unreal, the seeking of her lips for his something horrible.
  • * 2008 August 9, Clemente Lisi, " Lusty Lies of Don Juan John," New York Post (retrieved 16 Dec 2013):
  • After months of flat-out lying to the public, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally copped to having a sleazy extramarital fling. . . . The tawdry affair has dogged Edwards over the past few months.
    * See * sordid






  • To convert or assimilate into tabloid journalism; to make tawdry and sensational.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=October 12, author=Robin Finn, title=Jumping Toward Her Own Turn in the Spotlight, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Make the strategic mistake — toward the end of a pleasantly blunt chat conducted while traipsing around her farm and ogling its stellar inhabitants — of mentioning her tabloidized romance with Cian O’Connor, a garrulous Irish horseman who forfeited an Olympic gold medal in 2005 when his mount failed a drug test, and she instinctively puts on the verbal brakes. }}