Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Smeary; viscous; glutinous; adhesive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Smeary; viscous; glutinous; adhesive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Viscous; glutinous; slimy; adhesive.
  • Made by daubing; appearing like a daub: as, a dauby picture.

Etymologies

daub +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A charming SOUBRETTE, great Marie Kendall, with dauby cheeks and lifted skirt smiled daubily from her poster upon William

    Ulysses

  • "The paint looks real dauby when you get close up to her."

    Princess Polly's Gay Winter

  • Some large dauby old paintings gave a color to the dimness, there were

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • Certainly, the criticism was not without justification; the dauby-looking oil-paintings, incomprehensible water-colors, and riotous charcoal sketches which formed the mural decoration of the studio were distinctly "advanced."

    The Yellow Claw

  • A charming _soubrette, _ great Marie Kendall, with dauby cheeks and lifted skirt smiled daubily from her poster upon William Humble, earl of Dudley, and upon lieutenantcolonel H.G. Heseltine, and also upon the honourable G.rald Ward A.

    Ulysses

  • They passed Dan Lowry's musichall where Marie Kendall, charming soubrette, smiled on them from a poster a dauby smile.

    Ulysses

  • BLOOM: _ (A charming soubrette with dauby cheeks, mustard hair and large male hands and nose, leering mouth) _ I tried her things on only twice,

    Ulysses

  • The stage was still there and the boxes, and at the back there were miles -- they seemed miles anyway -- of ancient, crumbling, dauby scenery stacked up and smelling of age and decay.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm His Plight and other Plights

  • He had a dauby tumbler of water beside him, and two or three _Godey's Lady's Books_ awaiting his eager brush.

    The Awakening of Helena Richie

  • Venus flanked a somewhat prim peeress by Hoppner; a landscape that smacked of Gainsborough was the companion of a dauby moonlight, that must have figured in the last exhibition; and insipid Roman matrons by

    Henrietta Temple A Love Story

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  • But -- Ned Hall, there ought to be a water-furrow across this land: it's a nasty, stiff, clayey, dauby bit of ground, and thou and I must fall to, come next Monday -- I beg your pardon, cousin Manning -- and there's old Jem's cottage wants a bit of thatch; you can do that job tomorrow while I am busy. — Cousin Phillis

    July 8, 2010