- to smear all over; besmear; soil.
- to ornament gaudily or excessively.
Origin of bedaub
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Examples from the Web for bedaub
With this paste the natives delighted to bedaub their faces.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
The men paint or bedaub their faces and breasts with a kind of red earth.The Captive in Patagonia
Benjamin Franklin Bourne
Against which he prepares to bedaub him, and swears he will do it from the beginning, from Jersey to this day.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
Whan a man's shoe is blackened and bedaub'd with industry, it will procure him such a supply as will make him cheerful.The Proverbs of Scotland
- to smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty
- to ornament in a gaudy or vulgar fashion
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Word Origin and History for bedaub
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