from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective ornamented in a vulgar or showy fashion.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of bedaub.

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  • adjective ornamented in a vulgar or showy fashion


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  • Saxony for having had his room 'bedaubed' by Bendemann!

    My Life — Volume 1

  • The bill stabs downward and then emerges bedaubed with damp soil and grasping a small earthworm.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • The voice and face of his dearest friend and advisor vanished, and Roy proceeded to remove his paint-bedaubed smock and brush his hair, so as to present a somewhat better appearance when the professor arrived.

    "The Golden Girl of Munan" by Harl Vincent, part 1

  • Poems that make us love this gaudy, mother-scented, mud-bedaubed language of ours.

    Mental multivitamin

  • Unkempt and disordered, bedaubed with mud that had dried upon him, and with much of his clothing torn to rags, he had but just dropped into his easy – chair, when Mr. Grewgious stood before him.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • This man always impresses me with respect, he is so manly, so sweet-tempered, so faithful, so disdainful of all appearances, excellent and reverable in his old weather-worn cap and blue frock bedaubed with the soil of the field, so honest withal, that he always needs to be watched lest he should cheat himself.

    Uncollected Prose

  • And there was nothing personal in this to render it at all embarrassing, for even Tom, whose power of observation was by no means remarkable, knew from the energy with which she did it that she would have fondled any hand, no matter how bedaubed or dyed, that had broken the head of Jonas Chuzzlewit.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • You should have seen us; the verandah was like an Irish bog; our hands and faces were bedaubed with soil; and Faauma was supposed to have struck the right note when she remarked (a Propos of nothing),

    Vailima Letters

  • The selves jostle for prominence in these pages: the mono-browed Neanderthal shoulders aside axe-wielding Homo sapiens; the neurasthenic intellectual trips up the bedaubed aborigine.

    Excerpt: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

  • And yet you cannot blame those who stood and pitied you; or, perhaps, essayed to rub you down, and assist you in the recovery of your bedaubed hat.

    The Small House at Allington


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