from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, daubs; especially, a coarse, unskillful painter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, daubs; especially, a coarse, unskillful painter.
  • n. A pad or ball of rags, covered over with canvas, for inking plates; a dabber.
  • n. A low and gross flatterer.
  • n. The mud wasp; the mud dauber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which daubs.
  • n. A coarse, ignorant painter.
  • n. A low and gross flatterer.
  • n. A copperplate-printers' pad, consisting of rags firmly tied together and covered over with a piece of canvas, for inking plates
  • n. A mud-wasp: from the way in which it daubs mud in building its nest.
  • n. The brush used to spread blacking upon shoes, as distinguished from the polisher, or brush used for polishing; they are sometimes combined in one.
  • n. A heavy round brush of rice-root, sharpened to a round point, used for cleaning out the corners of a carriage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unskilled painter


to daub + -er (Wiktionary)


  • Parrocel, whom you call a dauber, and who for that matter is a dauber, if you compare him to Vernet, is still a man of rare talent relatively to the multitude of those who have flung up the career in which they started with him. "

    Diderot and the Encyclopædists Volume II.

  • I actually inked the flowers in Soft Suede ink and then used my sponge dauber to added the Champagne mist to the flower in a couple of spots before I stamped the image.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • I sponged them onto the stamps using a sponge dauber.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • This was such an audacious creative conceit that the painter was mistaken for a naïve dauber, where in fact he could create among his works psychogeographic masterpieces that captured the cultural murk of the postwar scene.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • My mother, clutching her bingo dauber, looked skeptical.

    The Half Life

  • After all, a skilled clothing designer is a sculptor in fabric and, to some extent, in flesh, while this Skut was, to the best of our knowledge, only a dauber of particoloured clays who apparently got his jollies from looking at various beasts.

    Mayor Bloomberg, Buy Those Handguns

  • It was an elephant forty feet high, constructed of timber and masonry, bearing on its back a tower which resembled a house, formerly painted green by some dauber, and now painted black by heaven, the wind, and time.

    Les Miserables

  • I read the news of your latest defeats and your latest victories, and I read the rest of the stories, and when it came time to vote, I hovered over the line of circles matched up to names, and, slowly, consciously, I lowered the ink dauber onto the little circle next to a man's name.

    Dear Hillary, I Read the News Today

  • Staring at my ink dauber and that line of little circles in the booklet, I stamped my mark on a man's name.

    Dear Hillary, I Read the News Today

  • I was the ingnu dauber, pale, skinny, almost innocent.

    Black Butterfly


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