Daub (?), v. t. [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.]


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.


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.


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

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


To flatter excessively or glossy.


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


To put on without taste; to deck gaudily.


Let him be daubed with lace. Dryden.


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Daub (?), v. i.

To smear; to play the flatterer.

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


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Daub, n.


A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or dabed; 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.


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