- 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 Words for daubingdeface, smear, spatter, smudge, dab, sully, smirch, speckle, besmear, spot, plaster, grime, cover, varnish, splatter, paint, spread, fleck, dirty, variegate
Examples from the Web for daubing
Historical Examples of daubing
No huge concave sweeps of the brush, no daubing or splashing here.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Because the man to whom I am engaged doesn't understand what this daubing of mine means to me?Mixed Faces
I was daubing in a friend's chambers when the angel of opportunity came.The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
And his orchestration, with its daubing, its overladen, hysterical color!Old Fogy
In Australia the evidence for daubing the initiate is very abundant.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- (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 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.