AskDefine | Define daub

Dictionary Definition



1 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


1 coat with plaster; "daub the wall" [syn: plaster]
2 apply to a surface; "daub paint onto the wall"
3 cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster" [syn: smear]

User Contributed Dictionary




to daub
  1. 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.


  1. A soft coating of mud, plaster etc
  2. A crude or amateurish painting


Extensive Definition

Daub may refer to:
  • Hal Daub (b.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:

See also

daub in German: Daube
daub in Esperanto: Daŭbo
daub in French: Daube

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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