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daub

[ dawb ]
/ dɔb /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to daub something.
to paint unskillfully.
noun
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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, noundaub·ing·ly, adverbdauby, adjectiveun·daubed, adjective

Words nearby daub

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How to use daub in a sentence

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 forms of daub

dauber, 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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