bedaub

[bih-dawb]

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of bedaub

First recorded in 1545–55; be- + daub
Related formsun·be·daubed, adjective
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bedaub

verb (tr)

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
v.

1550s, from be- + daub (v). Related: Bedaubed; bedaubing.

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