American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cover or smear with a soft adhesive substance such as plaster, grease, or mud.
- v. To apply paint to (a surface) with hasty or crude strokes.
- v. To apply with quick or crude strokes: daubed glue on the paper.
- v. To apply paint or coloring with crude, unskillful strokes.
- v. To make crude or amateurish paintings.
- v. To daub a sticky material.
- n. The act or a stroke of daubing.
- n. A soft adhesive coating material such as plaster, grease, or mud.
- n. Matter daubed on.
- n. A crude, amateurish painting or picture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smear with soft adhesive matter; plaster; cover or coat with mud, slime, or other soft substance.
- To soil; defile; besmear.
- Hence To paint ignorantly, coarsely, or badly.
- To give a specious appearance to; patch up; disguise; conceal.
- To dress or adorn without taste; deck vulgarly or ostentatiously; load as with finery.
- n. A cheap kind of mortar; plaster made of mud.
- n. A viscous, adhesive application; a smear.
- n. A daubing or smearing stroke.
- n. A coarse, inartistic painting.
- n. In coloring enameled leather, a thick black substance put on as a first coat to fill the surface in preparation for the final coloring.
- n. Excrement or clay used as a bonding material in construction (compare wattle and daub).
- n. A soft coating of mud, plaster, etc.
- n. A crude or amateurish painting.
- v. To apply something to a surface in hasty or crude strokes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To smear with soft, adhesive matter, as pitch, slime, mud, etc.; to plaster; to bedaub; to besmear.
- v. To paint in a coarse or unskillful manner.
- v. To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.
- v. rare To flatter excessively or glossy.
- v. rare To put on without taste; to deck gaudily.
- v. To smear; to play the flatterer.
- n. A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or daubed; a smear.
- n. (Paint.) A picture coarsely executed.
- v. cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
- v. apply to a surface
- n. an unskillful painting
- v. coat with plaster
- n. a blemish made by dirt
- n. material used to daub walls
- From Old French dauber ("whitewash") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dauben, from Old French dauber, from Latin dēalbāre, to whitewash : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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