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bedaub

[ bih-dawb ]
/ bɪˈdɔb /
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verb (used with object)

to smear all over; besmear; soil.
to ornament gaudily or excessively.

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Origin of bedaub

First recorded in 1545–55; be- + daub

OTHER WORDS FROM bedaub

un·be·daubed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bedaub

bedaub
/ (bɪˈdɔːb) /

verb (tr)

to smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty
to ornament in a gaudy or vulgar fashion
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