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

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • And his orchestration, with its daubing, its overladen, hysterical color!

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • In Australia the evidence for daubing the initiate is very abundant.

  • In the meantime also the other boys had finished chinking and daubing the house.

    Camp Venture

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

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • It is said to be cured by daubing the lips and mouth plentifully with tar.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • Lime was rarely used in daubing, since lime was obtainable only by burning shells.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
  • Fixed up our bunks in the forenoon, in the afternoon was detailed "daubing."

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
British Dictionary definitions for daubing

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 daubing

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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