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daub

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verb \ˈdȯb, ˈdäb\

Simple Definition of daub

  • : to put something on something with quick, small motions

  • : to write (something) on a surface

  • : to lightly touch (something) usually with quick, small motions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of daub

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover or coat with soft adhesive matter :  plaster

  3. 2 :  to coat with a dirty substance

  4. 3 a :  to apply coloring material crudely to b :  to apply (as paint) crudely

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 archaic :  to put on a false exterior

  7. 2 :  to apply colors crudely

dauber noun

Examples of daub in a sentence

  1. He daubed some cologne on his neck.

  2. Daub the potatoes with a little butter.

  3. Various political slogans had been daubed on the walls.

  4. He sighed deeply and daubed his eyes with a tissue.



Origin of daub

Middle English, from Anglo-French dauber


First Known Use: 14th century


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daub

noun

Simple Definition of daub

  • : a small amount of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of daub

  1. 1 :  material used to daub walls

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of daubing

  3. 3 :  something daubed on :  smear

  4. 4 :  a crude picture

Examples of daub in a sentence

  1. She added a few daubs of color to the painting.



15th Century

First Known Use of daub

15th century

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DAUB Defined for Kids

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daub

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verb \ˈdȯb\

Definition of daub for Students

daubeddaubing

  1. :  to cover with something soft and sticky <I daubed the wound with ointment.>




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daub

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noun

Definition of daub for Students

  1. :  a small amount of something <The child left daubs of paint on the easel.>





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