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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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

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