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bedaub

[ bih-dawb ]

verb (used with object)

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


bedaub

/ bɪˈdɔːb /

verb

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


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Other Words From

  • unbe·daubed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bedaub1

First recorded in 1545–55; be- + daub

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Example Sentences

Sacred trees and stones are painted red, and for the most solemn of their rites savages bedaub themselves with red clay.

With this paste the natives delighted to bedaub their faces.

Whan a man's shoe is blackened and bedaub'd with industry, it will procure him such a supply as will make him cheerful.

Against which he prepares to bedaub him, and swears he will do it from the beginning, from Jersey to this day.

Both Greeks and savages employ the bull-roarer, both bedaub the initiated with dirt or with white paint or chalk.

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