daub·​er ˈdȯ-bər How to pronounce dauber (audio)
: one that daubs something: such as
old-fashioned : an unskillful painter
His wrath against this upstart artist who secretly entertained his sister in his studio grew with the minutes. It would be his privilege very shortly to read that scrubby dauber a lesson in deportment which he would remember.P. G. Wodehouse
: a device or marker used for applying daubs of paint or color
a bingo dauber [=a colored marker used for highlighting the numbers on a bingo card]
see also mud dauber

Examples of dauber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, buckle up, grab your virtual daubers, and join us for a thrilling ride. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 The Marquette residents worked a dozen bingo pads each with their daubers. John Carlisle and Photos By Ryan Garza, Freep.com, 28 Apr. 2023 On one side, shelves feature ink daubers in bright candy colors, lined in perfect rows. John Carlisle and Photos By Ryan Garza, Freep.com, 28 Apr. 2023 Our youngest group of artists used surprising media: watercolor, Nana's bingo dauber and peacock feathers. Star Tribune, 15 Dec. 2020 Arriving early also enables Erickson to get settled, size up the competition and lay out the purple dauber for marking her sheet. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 27 Feb. 2021 Admission is $35, which includes bingo games, a neon dauber and a chili dinner. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2022 Each ticket will get guests a pack of 10 games and one dauber. Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dauber was in the 14th century

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“Dauber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dauber. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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