[ dawb ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud: to daub a canvas with paint; to daub stone walls with mud.

  2. to spread (plaster, mud, etc.) on or over something: to daub plaster on a brick wall.

  1. to smear, soil, or defile.

  2. to apply, as paint or colors, unskillfully.

verb (used without object)
  1. to daub something.

  2. to paint unskillfully.

  1. material, especially of an inferior kind, for daubing walls.

  2. something daubed on.

  1. an act of daubing.

  2. a crude, inartistic painting.

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.

Other words from daub

  • dauber, noun
  • daub·ing·ly, adverb
  • dauby, adjective
  • un·daubed, adjective

Words Nearby daub

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How to use daub in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for daub


/ (dɔːb) /

  1. (tr) to smear or spread (paint, mud, etc), esp carelessly

  2. (tr) to cover or coat (with paint, plaster, etc) carelessly

  1. to paint (a picture) clumsily or badly

  1. an unskilful or crude painting

  2. something daubed on, esp as a wall covering: See also wattle and daub

  1. a smear (of paint, mud, etc)

  2. the act of daubing

Origin of daub

C14: from Old French dauber to paint, whitewash, from Latin dealbāre, from albāre to whiten, from albus white

Derived forms of daub

  • dauber, noun
  • dauby, adjective

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