- to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud: to daub a canvas with paint; to daub stone walls with mud.
- to spread (plaster, mud, etc.) on or over something: to daub plaster on a brick wall.
- to smear, soil, or defile.
- to apply, as paint or colors, unskillfully.
- to daub something.
- to paint unskillfully.
- material, especially of an inferior kind, for daubing walls.
- something daubed on.
- an act of daubing.
- a crude, inartistic painting.
Origin of daub
Related Wordsdeface, smear, spatter, smudge, dab, sully, smirch, speckle, besmear, spot, plaster, grime, cover, varnish, splatter, paint, spread, fleck, dirty, variegate
Examples from the Web for daub
That she is, but Daub took the phone call to Hill at face value.
After law school, she joined Daub full-time, working as his legislative assistant on issues like health care and Social Security.
He supposed he must think up something to daub on there—the poorer the better.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It is built of oak framework, filled in with “wattle and daub.”English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
The gas had left what appeared to be like a daub of soot on the ceiling.L'Assommoir
All the money you earn goes to buy a blue coat, and daub it with lace.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
"His head's no'but a lump of puddin' and a daub o' pancake," thought Gubblum.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- (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
- an unskilful or crude painting
- something daubed on, esp as a wall coveringSee also wattle and daub
- a smear (of paint, mud, etc)
- the act of daubing
Word Origin and History for daub
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.