daub


1daub

verb \ˈdb, ˈdäb\

: to put something on something with quick, small motions

: to write (something) on a surface

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

Full Definition of DAUB

transitive verb
1
:  to cover or coat with soft adhesive matter :  plaster
2
:  to coat with a dirty substance
3
a :  to apply coloring material crudely to
b :  to apply (as paint) crudely
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  to put on a false exterior
2
:  to apply colors crudely
daub·er noun

Examples of DAUB

  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

2daub

noun

: a small amount of something

Full Definition of DAUB

1
:  material used to daub walls
2
:  an act or instance of daubing
3
:  something daubed on :  smear
4
:  a crude picture

Examples of DAUB

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

First Known Use of DAUB

15th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

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