- The definition of a daub is something covered in stickiness or greasiness.
An example of a daub is a spot on the ground where oil spilled.
- Daub is defined as covering or smearing with paint or something sticky or grease.
An example of daub is to wipe butter all over a pan.
- to cover or smear with sticky, soft matter, such as plaster or grease
- to smear (plaster, grease, etc.) on
- to paint coarsely or unskillfully
Origin of daubMiddle English dauben ; from Old French dauber, to whiten, whitewash ; from Classical Latin dealbare, to whiten, whitewash ; from de-, intensive + albus, white: see album
- anything daubed on
- a daubing stroke or splash
- a poorly painted picture
verbdaubed, daub·ing, daubs
- To cover or smear with a soft adhesive substance such as plaster, grease, or mud.
- To apply paint to (a surface) with hasty or crude strokes.
- To apply with quick or crude strokes: daubed glue on the paper.
- To apply paint or coloring with crude, unskillful strokes.
- To make crude or amateurish paintings.
- To daub a sticky material.
- The act or a stroke of daubing.
- A soft adhesive coating material such as plaster, grease, or mud.
- Matter daubed on.
- A crude, amateurish painting or picture.
Origin of daubMiddle English dauben, from Old French dauber, from Latin dēalbāre, to whitewash : dē-, intensive pref.; see de– + albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural daubs)
(third-person singular simple present daubs, present participle daubing, simple past and past participle daubed)
- To apply (something) to a surface in hasty or crude strokes.
- The artist just seemed to daub on paint at random and suddenly there was a painting.
- To apply something to (a surface) in hasty or crude strokes.
- To paint (a picture, etc.) in a coarse or unskilful manner.
- To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.
- To flatter excessively or glossy.
- To put on without taste; to deck gaudily.
From Old French dauber (“whitewash”)