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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
wattle and daub (=this frame covered with clay)
▪ walls made of wattle and daub
▪ Anti-government slogans were daubed on the roads.
▪ A blue line had been daubed across his forehead and round his short white hair.
▪ He daubed more polish on to a dark splatter on the toe.
▪ Her dark dress has a creamy collar and cuffs, daubed with salmon trim.
▪ Her face was always carefully rouged, her mouth daubed generously with salve.
▪ Since then, he claims, he's been repeatedly threatened, and now his garden shed has been daubed with graffiti.
▪ The previous user had also daubed the ducts along the roof of Biff's control bubble with vermilion slogans.
▪ While a police constable was in the living room, the car parked outside was being daubed by the youth.
▪ White memory, daubed, smeared ... The land remembers.
▪ I don't take to these modernistic people who just splash on daubs of paint.
▪ The consistency of the mud and straw daub for the walls was arrived at through experiment.
▪ The mystery was the origin of the large quantities of daub.
▪ The third alternative, and the most straight forward interpretation, was that the daub was contemporary with the backfilling of the drain.
▪ This daub could have come from one of three distinct periods.
▪ Three pieces of daub were dated and provided an average age and standard error of 830 plus/minus 40 years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Daub \Daub\ (d[add]b), v. i. To smear; to play the flatterer.

His conscience . . . will not daub nor flatter.


Daub \Daub\, n.

  1. A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or daubed; a smear.

  2. (Paint.) A picture coarsely executed.

    Did you . . . take a look at the grand picture? . . . 'T is a melancholy daub, my lord.


Daub \Daub\ (d[add]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daubed; p. pr. & vb. n. Daubing.] [OE. dauben to smear, OF. dauber to plaster, fr. L. dealbare to whitewash, plaster; de- + albare to whiten, fr. albus white, perh. also confused with W. dwb plaster, dwbio to plaster, Ir. & OGael. dob plaster. See Alb, and cf. Dealbate.]

  1. To smear with soft, adhesive matter, as pitch, slime, mud, etc.; to plaster; to bedaub; to besmear.

    She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch.
    --Ex. ii. 3.

  2. To paint in a coarse or unskillful manner.

    If a picture is daubed with many bright and glaring colors, the vulgar admire it is an excellent piece.
    --I. Watts.

    A lame, imperfect piece, rudely daubed over.

  3. To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.

    So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue.

  4. To flatter excessively or glossy. [R.]

    I can safely say, however, that, without any daubing at all, I am very sincerely your very affectionate, humble servant.

  5. To put on without taste; to deck gaudily. [R.]

    Let him be daubed with lace.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c. (Dauber as a surname is recorded from mid-13c.), from Old French dauber "to whitewash, plaster" (13c.), perhaps from Latin dealbare, from de- "thoroughly" + albare "to whiten," from albus "white" (see alb). Painting sense is from 1620s. Related: Daubed; daubing. As a noun, from mid-15c.


n. 1 Excrement or clay used as a bonding material in construction (qualifier: compare ''wattle and daub''). 2 A soft coating of mud, plaster(,) etc. 3 A crude or amateurish painting. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To apply (something) to a surface in hasty or crude strokes. 2 (context transitive English) To apply something to (a surface) in hasty or crude strokes. 3 (context transitive English) To paint (a picture, etc.) in a coarse or unskilful manner. 4 To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal. 5 To flatter excessively or glossy. 6 To put on without taste; to deck gaudily.

  1. n. material used to daub walls

  2. a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: smudge, spot, blot, smear, smirch, slur]

  3. an unskillful painting

  4. v. coat with plaster; "daub the wall" [syn: plaster]

  5. apply to a surface; "daub paint onto the wall"

  6. cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster" [syn: smear]


Daub may refer to:

  • Gerti Daub (born 1937), Miss Germany 1957
  • Hal Daub (born 1941), American politician and lawyer
  • Karl Daub (1765–1836), German Protestant theologian
  • Wattle and daub, dwelling construction technique and materials, using woven latticework daubed with a sand, clay and/or dung mixture

Daube is a type of stew in French cuisine but may also refer to:

  • David Daube (1909–1999), professor of law at Oxford and Berkeley
  • Dennis Daube, German footballer
  • Peter Daube, New Zealand (voice) actor

Category:Low German surnames

Usage examples of "daub".

Naked Indians with their faces daubed with red clay, Algonquins and Abenakis, clustered round the ship in their birchen canoes with fruit and vegetables from the land, which brought fresh life to the scurvy-stricken soldiers.

Flakes of pastry on the gusset of her dress: daub of sugary flour stuck to her cheek.

The new canvas was laid out on the deck, the sheets already reeved into the clews and earing cringles, but it took an hour Of hard, dangerous work before her white canvas was brought down and stowed away, and the sails that were daubed with pitch were hoist to the yards and unfurled.

Minalde stepped forward quickly, holding out her hand, heedless of the dust that daubed the hems of her faded peasant skirt and liberally smutched the baby Prince in her arms.

I stood beside Euphrates while it swelled Like overflowing Jordan in its youth: It waxed and colored sensibly to sight, Till out of myriad pregnant waves there welled Young crocodiles, a gaunt blunt-featured crew, Fresh-hatched perhaps and daubed with birthday dew.

There were daubs of yellow and green paint across his jeans, and a freckle of alizarin crimson on the bridge of his nose.

Naked warriors, daubed in blue clay, swarmed over their land, raping and slaughtering and burning, and howling with laughter all the while.

His partner was a pretty, very hairy swinger whose clothes reeked with inbred filth, but who smelled lovely from the perfume daubed behind his ears.

Stepping over a slimy pile best left unexamined, Rani huddled against the daub and wattle, taking only an instant to pull her clothes closer, to protect her skin from the filthy building.

His shaft furnace was just a tube of wattle and daub, vitrified by repeated firings.

According to the custom of the scryers she daubed the oil into the hollows of her eyepits, coating the scars with concealing blackness.

When it came time to return, the rune was daubed minutely on a smidgin of papyrus and fastened to the leg of the patient bird.

The walls were formed either of stout planks laid together vertically or horizontally, or else of posts at a short distance from one another, the interstices being filled up with wattlework daubed with clay.

They wore breechcloths and their bodies were zebra-striped in black and white, their faces daubed white with huge black smiles painted around their mouths, their hair jutting upward in two long conical horns, each horn surmounted with a brush of what seemed to be corn shucks.

Then, slowly, the black rage drained from his brain, and he staggered back against the wall, leaving daubs of her blood across the whitewash.