• WordNet 3.6
    • v daub cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it "smear the wall with paint","daub the ceiling with plaster"
    • v daub apply to a surface "daub paint onto the wall"
    • v daub coat with plaster "daub the wall"
    • n daub an unskillful painting
    • n daub a blemish made by dirt "he had a smudge on his cheek"
    • n daub material used to daub walls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Daub (Paint) A picture coarsely executed. "Did you . . . take a look at the grand picture? . . . 'T is a melancholy daub , my lord."
    • Daub A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or daubed; a smear.
    • Daub To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal. "So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue."
    • Daub 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."
    • Daub 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.""A lame, imperfect piece, rudely daubed over."
    • Daub To put on without taste; to deck gaudily. "Let him be daubed with lace."
    • Daub 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."
    • v. i Daub To smear; to play the flatterer. "His conscience . . . will not daub nor flatter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • daub To smear with soft adhesive matter; plaster; cover or coat with mud, slime, or other soft substance.
    • daub To soil; defile; besmear.
    • daub Hence To paint ignorantly, coarsely, or badly.
    • daub To give a specious appearance to; patch up; disguise; conceal.
    • daub To dress or adorn without taste; deck vulgarly or ostentatiously; load as with finery.
    • n daub A cheap kind of mortar; plaster made of mud.
    • n daub A viscous, adhesive application; a smear.
    • n daub A daubing or smearing stroke.
    • n daub A coarse, inartistic painting.
    • n daub In coloring enameled leather, a thick black substance put on as a first coat to fill the surface in preparation for the final coloring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Daub dawb to smear: to paint coarsely
    • n Daub a coarse painting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

De log houses was daubed wid mud and dey was warm.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
It was a coarse daub.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
That's the reason you always see new windows daubed with glaring white marks.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, Jan-Mar, 1890" by Various
He was a little man with thin gray hair and paint-daubed hands which smelt of oil.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
There was a ruinous "wattle and daub" edifice which had been deserted by a Dutch Boer before the arrival of the settlers.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
It required much labor to get the four mud-daubed figures down to where the others were awaiting them.
"The Boy Scouts of Lenox" by Frank V. Webster
Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, the Golden Horn are sprawling daubs to flawless Mitylene.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
De chinks in de walls wuz daubed wid mud to keep de weather out.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
They were all painted or daubed.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
You spoke of my daubing.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray

In poetry:

How is it, Madam, that I know
The guests at once? Wipe off the paint—
Convention daubs us all alike,
Sinner as well as Saint!
"Vers De Societe" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
The field a hasty pallet; for,
In thin or thick, with daub and streak,
It stretches from the barn-gate's bar
To the bleached ribbon of the creek.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
An image of a piano-tuner
with a basket of prawns on his shoulder
and a firescreen under his arm
his moustache made of clay-clotted twigs
and his cheeks daubed with wine
"The Very Image - To Rene Magritte" by David Gascoyne
A happy infant, daubed to the eyes in juice
Of peaches that flush bloody at the core,
Naked you bask upon a south-sea shore,
While o'er your tumbling bosom the hair floats loose.
"Love Song" by Aldous Huxley
The lean-muscled young men are naked to the narrow loins,
their breasts and backs daubed with white clay,
Two eagle-feathers plume the black heads. They dance with
reluctance, they are growing civilized; the old men persuade them.
"New Mexican Mountain" by Robinson Jeffers
Try! words are colors; — Feeling lays
Their tints on memory's open page,
Now bright, now soft, now dim their rays,
They gleam in youth and fade in age.
Yet when their hues are gone, each stain
That daubed their beauties wilt remain.
"To A Deaf And Dumb Lady" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

In French, the language of "le mot juste," there is an uncharacteristically long list of words for stew, like garbure, casserole, ragout, estouffade and daube.
Tulpehocken senior Brandon Daub said the fall season has turned into a friendly competition between two excellent teams.
Gladys Daub , 83, Fort Clark, died Monday, Oct 15, 2012, in a Turtle Lake hospital.
She married Roger Daub on April 15, 1950, in Bismarck.
Husband, Roger Daub , of Fort Clark.
Daughter, Nicki Daub , Fort Clark.
While on a tour of the vault in Commerce Court north, Katie Daubs walks around the corner and finds herself in a display case .
Join our Pathologist – Katie Daubs – and project director and photographer Spencer Wynn at noon Monday for a LIVE online chat.
Katie Daubs goes outside for the first time after two weeks indoors.
Katie Daubs, Pathologist , end, Category: Videos Published: Friday November 23, 2012.
Cafe Di Blasi 1801 Stumpf Blvd, Gretna, 504 361-3106 www.cafediblasi.com The "misto Italiano" platter features daube, sausage, meatballs and veal.
Cafe Ralphie 5024 W Esplanade Ave, 504 889-7770 www.caferalphie.com Daube is a special offering on Wednesdays.
Two of many ancient earth-building techniques—which include wattle-and-daub and adobe—-are rammed earth and pisé de terre, prehistoric construction methods that predate the development of the opposable thumb.
Michot built a home using bousillage, a cousin to wattle and daub.
Thousands of Sauk settled in willow-pole, mud daubed lodges.

In science:

Daube, Analytical model of the relaxation of a col lisionless ion matrix sheath, J.
Appendix to paper: A geometric level-set formulation of a plasma-sheath interface