- 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
Examples from the Web for daubed
The same cottage, now daubed with graffiti calling Savile “a beast,” has been the focus of police investigations.Jimmy Savile Sex-Abuse Scandal Taints Entire Era in Britain
October 31, 2012
Slogans reading “Death to Christians” and other offensive graffiti were daubed on its walls.Vatican Official Blasts Extremists in Israel After Monastery Attack
September 9, 2012
The extended legs, although firmer, were daubed with dirty patches.Therese Raquin
When the kiln is full the wicket is bricked up and daubed over with road-mud.
Everybody knew it, because it was daubed and spattered with paint.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
The walls of their meeting-house were daubed with flaming pictures.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
Their houses was made of logs and the cracks was daubed with mud.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
- (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 daubed
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.