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daub

[dawb] /dɔb/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud:
to daub a canvas with paint; to daub stone walls with mud.
2.
to spread (plaster, mud, etc.) on or over something:
to daub plaster on a brick wall.
3.
to smear, soil, or defile.
4.
to apply, as paint or colors, unskillfully.
verb (used without object)
5.
to daub something.
6.
to paint unskillfully.
noun
7.
material, especially of an inferior kind, for daubing walls.
8.
something daubed on.
9.
an act of daubing.
10.
a crude, inartistic painting.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English dauben < Anglo-French, Old French dauber to whiten, paint < Latin dealbāre, equivalent to de-, prevocalic variant of dē- de- + albāre to whiten, derivative of albus white; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
dauber, noun
daubingly, adverb
dauby, adjective
undaubed, adjective
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  • Hammers and sickles are daubed in lurid colours by the roadside.
  • The faithful wait in long lines, their faces daubed with paint.
  • For those whose houses have been daubed with graffiti, the age for prosecution cannot be too low.
  • The first dress appeared daubed with fluttery, cut-out pieces of the same fabric, a simple device that changed the surface.
  • Overall exterior glaze of pipe clay with brushed-on cobalt leaf motif and daubed copper oxide decoration.
  • When traveling, she carried a stick daubed with her preferred shade to match up to potential purchases.
  • Until that time all homes were the typical log houses, which were chinked and daubed with clay.
  • Cracks between the logs were daubed with a dirt mortar often reinforced along the bottom with willow wands.
  • Sometimes a thick rubber preparation was daubed into a worn-out place.
British Dictionary definitions for daubed

daub

/dɔːb/
verb
1.
(transitive) to smear or spread (paint, mud, etc), esp carelessly
2.
(transitive) to cover or coat (with paint, plaster, etc) carelessly
3.
to paint (a picture) clumsily or badly
noun
4.
an unskilful or crude painting
5.
something daubed on, esp as a wall covering See also wattle and daub
6.
a smear (of paint, mud, etc)
7.
the act of daubing
Derived Forms
dauber, noun
dauby, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French dauber to paint, whitewash, from Latin dealbāre, from albāre to whiten, from albus white
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Word Origin and History for daubed

daub

v.

late 14c. (Dauber as a surname is recorded from mid-13c.), from Old French dauber "to whitewash, plaster" (13c.), perhaps from Latin dealbare, from de- "thoroughly" + albare "to whiten," from albus "white" (see alb). Painting sense is from 1620s. Related: Daubed; daubing. As a noun, from mid-15c.

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