4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Daub \Daub\ (d[add]b), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Daubed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Daubing}.] [OE. dauben to smear, OF. dauber to plaster, fr. L. dealbare to whitewash, plaster; de- + albare to whiten, fr. albus white, perh. also confused with W. dwb plaster, dwbio to plaster, Ir. & OGael. dob plaster. See {Alb}, and cf. {Dealbate}.]

1. To smear with soft, adhesive matter, as pitch, slime, mud, etc.; to plaster; to bedaub; to besmear.

She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch. --Ex. ii. 3.

2. To paint in a coarse or unskillful manner.

If a picture is daubed with many bright and glaring colors, the vulgar admire it is an excellent piece. --I. Watts.

A lame, imperfect piece, rudely daubed over. --Dryden.

3. To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.

So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue. --Shak.

4. To flatter excessively or glossy. [R.]

I can safely say, however, that, without any daubing at all, I am very sincerely your very affectionate, humble servant. --Smollett.

5. To put on without taste; to deck gaudily. [R.]

Let him be daubed with lace. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Daub \Daub\ (d[add]b), verb (used without an object) To smear; to play the flatterer.

His conscience . . . will not daub nor flatter. --South.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Daub \Daub\, noun

1. A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or daubed; a smear.

2. (Paint.) A picture coarsely executed.

Did you . . . take a look at the grand picture? . . . 'T is a melancholy daub, my lord. --Sterne.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: material used to daub walls

2: a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: {smudge}, {spot}, {blot}, {daub}, {smear}, {smirch}, {slur}]

3: an unskillful painting


1: coat with plaster; "daub the wall" [syn: {plaster}, {daub}]

2: apply to a surface; "daub paint onto the wall"

3: cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster" [syn: {daub}, {smear}]

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