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[dawb] /dɔb/
verb (used with object)
to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud:
to daub a canvas with paint; to daub stone walls with mud.
to spread (plaster, mud, etc.) on or over something:
to daub plaster on a brick wall.
to smear, soil, or defile.
to apply, as paint or colors, unskillfully.
verb (used without object)
to daub something.
to paint unskillfully.
material, especially of an inferior kind, for daubing walls.
something daubed on.
an act of daubing.
a crude, inartistic painting.
Origin of daub
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for daubing
Historical Examples
  • No huge concave sweeps of the brush, no daubing or splashing here.

  • Because the man to whom I am engaged doesn't understand what this daubing of mine means to me?

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • This was more than even Paula could stand, and she flung herself into her husband's arms, daubing his shirt with black and red.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • I was daubing in a friend's chambers when the angel of opportunity came.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • But Greek mysteries retained the daubing with mud and the use of the bull-roarer.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • And his orchestration, with its daubing, its overladen, hysterical color!

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • In 1827 this characteristic orison had disappeared from the wall under a triple coating of daubing paint.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • In Australia the evidence for daubing the initiate is very abundant.

  • If it isn't right, daubing into it or pat-patting it won't help it.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • In the meantime also the other boys had finished chinking and daubing the house.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for daubing


(transitive) to smear or spread (paint, mud, etc), esp carelessly
(transitive) to cover or coat (with paint, plaster, etc) carelessly
to paint (a picture) clumsily or badly
an unskilful or crude painting
something daubed on, esp as a wall covering See also wattle and daub
a smear (of paint, mud, etc)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for daubing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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