\ ˈdȯb How to pronounce daub (audio) , ˈdäb \
daubed; daubing; daubs

Definition of daub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or coat with soft adhesive matter : plaster
2 : to coat with a dirty substance
3a : to apply coloring material crudely to
b : to apply (something, such as paint) crudely

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to put on a false exterior
2 : to apply colors crudely



Definition of daub (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for daub

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of daub in a Sentence

Verb He daubed some cologne on his neck. Daub the potatoes with a little butter. Various political slogans had been daubed on the walls. He sighed deeply and daubed his eyes with a tissue. Noun She added a few daubs of color to the painting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Residents built their houses out of wood lattices daubed with earth. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 12 May 2020 The new onslaught came during Greece’s 2010-2018 financial crisis, which forced mass closures of shops in the city center and provided acres of uncared-for walls that could be daubed with impunity. Washington Post, "Kilroy was here: Athens walls awash in painted squiggles," 17 Aug. 2019 Anti-Semitic slogans were daubed across shops and cafes in north London over Christmas and December saw a general election in which the opposition Labour Party was accused of failing to combat anti-Jewish rhetoric from some of its supporters. NBC News, "How the oligarch owner of the U.K.'s Chelsea soccer club is fighting anti-Semitism," 10 May 2019 Try removing some of the male flowers, peeling the petals back and daubing the pollen onto the female flowers. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "How to achieve daylily success with seeds," 6 Feb. 2020 Diego Rivera parading on the revolutionary public stage meets Frida Kahlo daubing flowers and fashion at home in the Casa Azul. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 For this week’s recipe, quarter-inch slabs of zucchini, summer squash, eggplant and onions are daubed with a little olive oil and light seasoning. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Mixed Grill to Remember," 9 Aug. 2019 That evening, as the sunset daubed orange across the horizon, the Limiting Factor broke the surface of the Atlantic. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Javed is both oppressed by his father’s rigid rules and cowed by the aggressions of local neo-Nazi youths, who chase him home, spit on him, and menace him and other people of color, daubing houses with slurs and swastikas. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Teen-Ager Is Saved by the Music of Bruce Springsteen in “Blinded by the Light”," 15 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the dark brown fellow with the daub of white between his eyes is Little Mike, one of the premier grass runners of the past decade. Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Race Is Over," 17 Apr. 2020 The sweat and the noise, the ambition and the corruption, the blue-collar beat cops and the sea of yellow taxis driven by mouthy, outer-borough cabbies — these were the vibrant daubs of paint that made up Lumet’s palette. Chris Nashawaty, Washington Post, "The dramatic life of Hollywood legend Sidney Lumet," 17 Jan. 2020 Young folk left daubs of lipstick on them, blew bubbles with them, flicked cream, banged them on the bottom of the cup to get one last taste—and repeatedly made them march up the Hill of Destiny, and plunge again, for the hell of it. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Farewell to Starbucks’s green straws," 31 Dec. 2019 Tarantino is still practicing a cinema of saturation, demanding the audience’s total attention and bombarding us with allusions, visual jokes, flights of profane eloquence, daubs of throwaway beauty and gobs of premeditated gore. New York Times, "‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Review: We Lost It at the Movies," 24 July 2019 In the channel’s very first video, Plant builds a primitive wattle-and-daub hut, complete with a bed, fireplace, and chimney. Sam Hill, Outside Online, "This YouTube Star Builds Elaborate Huts by Hand," 28 Oct. 2019 The subtly shifting pastels of Diane Szczepaniak’s watercolor are supplemented by daubs of the composer’s music, accessible via headphones. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 Is there no perceptible difference between abstract paintings made by a professional artist and the daubs of children or animals? Ellen Winner, WSJ, "Could Your Child Really Paint That?," 19 Oct. 2018 Krasner’s grief, her rage, her power are all contained within the canvas, layered in jagged streaks of dark brown and daubs of white. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of daub


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daub


Middle English, from Anglo-French dauber

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The first known use of daub was in the 14th century

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“Daub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daub. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of daub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put something on something with quick, small motions
: to write (something) on a surface
: to lightly touch (something) usually with quick, small motions



English Language Learners Definition of daub (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small amount of something


\ ˈdȯb How to pronounce daub (audio) \
daubed; daubing

Kids Definition of daub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of daub (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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