• WordNet 3.6
    • n dauber an unskilled painter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dauber A low and gross flatterer.
    • Dauber (Copperplate Print) A pad or ball of rags, covered over with canvas, for inking plates; a dabber.
    • Dauber One who, or that which, daubs; especially, a coarse, unskillful painter.
    • Dauber (Zoöl) The mud wasp; the mud dauber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dauber One who or that which daubs. Specifically— One who builds walls with clay or mud mixed with straw.
    • n dauber A coarse, ignorant painter.
    • n dauber A low and gross flatterer.
    • n dauber A copperplate-printers' pad, consisting of rags firmly tied together and covered over with a piece of canvas, for inking plates
    • n dauber A mud-wasp: from the way in which it daubs mud in building its nest.
    • n dauber The brush used to spread blacking upon shoes, as distinguished from the polisher, or brush used for polishing; they are sometimes combined in one.
    • n dauber A heavy round brush of rice-root, sharpened to a round point, used for cleaning out the corners of a carriage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dauber one who daubs: a coarse painter
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  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dauber, to plaster—L. dealbāre, to whitewash—de, down, and albus, white.


In literature:

I won't be a common-place dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
I am a dauber in clay.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
Pargeter means dauber, plasterer, from Old Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
The Dauber felt her go, He saw her yard tilt downwards.
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
Let the beggarly daubers see how English women do these things.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
For a sprain, git a dirt dauber's nest and put de clay with vinegar and bind round de sprain.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Unless the landscape painter is every bit as much a poet as the portrait painter, he will never be anything but a dauber.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Apply with a flannel dauber, removing as much as possible with clean woolen rags.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
It was a blue wasp, a Mud-dauber.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Describe the nests of five or more of the following: spider, honeybee, bumblebee, paper wasp, mud dauber, digger wasp.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney

In poetry:

And in a sprawling cypress' grot,
Sheltered and safe from flood,
Dirt-daubers each had chosen a spot
To shape his house of mud.
"An Idyl" by John Charles McNeill
There's Leslie and Uwins has rather small doings;
There's Dyce, as brave masther as England can show;
And the flowers and the sthrawherries, sure he no dauber is,
That painted the panels of famed Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Caswell, Dauber , Emberling for school board.
Caswell leads, Dauber trails, in fundraising In race for Palo Alto school board, Caswell raises the most cash with the most donors.
Dauber effort is mostly self-funded.
Ken Dauber Software engineer believes 'We Can Do Better Palo Alto'.
Edward Dauber , Jr, died February 22, 2012, at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg.
Dauber Golfers Remain Atop Tight District Golf Race.
Professor Jeremy Dauber on Sholem Aleichem.
In the front row, Elizabeth Dauber, Kaden Amaden, Autumn Schmidt, Max Strom, Bodie Strom and Cruz Strom.
A pink, bingo dauber rested near a photo at Esther Hotch’s funeral service Aug 24 in the Klukwan gym.
Dale Watson, Little Jimmy Dickens, James "Slim" Hand, The Dirt Daubers, Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band, Reverend Horton Heat, The Defibulators, Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, Joshua Black Wilkins, Dr Ralph Stanley & more.
My husband calls creatures like him mud dauber s.
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Dirt Daubers.
While bingo halls offer computerized machines, many regulars prefer paper cards and their own "lucky" daubers.
Was a vice president at Daubers, a CFESA member firm.
Harriet Jung Eiwen, 94, vice president of service agent Daubers Inc, died of natural causes on Monday, May 28.