dauber

daub

[dawb]
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; (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.

dauber, noun
daubingly, adverb
dauby, adjective
undaubed, adjective
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daub (dɔːb)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to smear or spread (paint, mud, etc), esp carelessly
2.  (tr) to cover or coat (with paint, plaster, etc) carelessly
3.  to paint (a picture) clumsily or badly
 
n
4.  an unskilful or crude painting
5.  See also wattle and daub something daubed on, esp as a wall covering
6.  a smear (of paint, mud, etc)
7.  the act of daubing
 
[C14: from Old French dauber to paint, whitewash, from Latin dealbāre, from albāre to whiten, from albus white]
 
'dauber
 
n
 
'dauby
 
adj

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daub
early 14c., from O.Fr. dauber "to whitewash, plaster," probably from L. dealbare, from de- "thoroughly" + albare "to whiten," from albus "white." Painting sense is from 1630.
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