daub

[ dawb ]
/ dɔb /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to daub something.
to paint unskillfully.

noun


Nearby words

  1. datum plane,
  2. datura,
  3. datv,
  4. dau,
  5. dau.,
  6. daube,
  7. daubery,
  8. daubigny,
  9. daubry,
  10. daud

Origin of daub

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 formsdaub·er, noundaub·ing·ly, adverbdaub·y, adjectiveun·daubed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for daub

daub

/ (dɔːb) /

verb

(tr) to smear or spread (paint, mud, etc), esp carelessly
(tr) to cover or coat (with paint, plaster, etc) carelessly
to paint (a picture) clumsily or badly

noun

Derived Formsdauber, noundauby, adjective

Word Origin for daub

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 daub

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.

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