What does daub mean?

Definitions for daub

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word daub.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. daubnoun

    material used to daub walls

  2. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slurnoun

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  3. daubverb

    an unskillful painting

  4. plaster, daubverb

    coat with plaster

    "daub the wall"

  5. daubverb

    apply to a surface

    "daub paint onto the wall"

  6. daub, smearverb

    cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

    "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"


  1. daubnoun

    A soft coating of mud, plaster etc.

  2. daubnoun

    A crude or amateurish painting.

  3. daubverb

    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.

  4. Etymology: From dauber

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DAUBverb

    Etymology: dabben, Dutch; dauber, French.

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

    Hasty daubing will but spoil the picture, and make it so unnatural as must want false light to set it off. Thomas Otway, Orph. Dedic.

    They snatched out of his hands a lame imperfect piece, rudely daubed over with too little reflection, and too much haste. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    If a picture is daubed with many bright and glaring colours, the vulgar admire it as an excellent piece. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    So smooth he daub’d his vice with shew of virtue,
    He liv’d from all attainder of suspect. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Since princes will have such things, it is better they should be graced with elegancy than daubed with cost. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Let him be daub’d with lace, live high, and whore;
    Sometimes be lousy, but be never poor. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Let every one, therefore, attend the sentence of his conscience; for, he may be sure, it will not daub nor flatter. South.

  2. To Daubverb

    To play the hypocrite.

    I cannot daub it further;
    And yet I must. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. daub

    Mohamed Khider Airport or Biskra Ouakda Airport (IATA: BSK, ICAO: DAUB) is an airport in Algeria, located approximately 12 km north-northeast of Oumache; about 200 km south-southwest of Constantine.


  1. daub

    Daub is a verb that typically means to apply, smear, coat, or spread a substance, often in a rough or careless manner. This substance could be paint, mud, plaster, or any other viscous material. Sometimes, it can also refer to the act of marking or covering something carelessly or randomly. As a noun, a daub refers to the substance applied, or the act or an instance of daubing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daubverb

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

  2. Daubverb

    to paint in a coarse or unskillful manner

  3. Daubverb

    to cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal

  4. Daubverb

    to flatter excessively or glossy

  5. Daubverb

    to put on without taste; to deck gaudily

  6. Daubverb

    to smear; to play the flatterer

  7. Daubnoun

    a viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or dabed; a smear

  8. Daubnoun

    a picture coarsely executed

  9. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Daub

    dawb, v.t. to smear: to paint coarsely.—n. a coarse painting.—ns. Daub′er, one who daubs: a coarse painter; Daub′ery, Daub′ry (Shak.), a daubing, or crudely artful device; Daub′ing.—adj. Daub′y, sticky. [O. Fr. dauber, to plaster—L. dealbāre, to whitewash—de, down, and albus, white.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DAUB

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Daub is ranked #14734 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Daub surname appeared 2,017 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Daub.

    92.2% or 1,860 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 42 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 41 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.5% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of daub in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of daub in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • цапотене, цапам, мазилка, мажаBulgarian
  • naplácat, mazaniceCzech
  • Geschmier, schmieren, Schmiererei, Kleckserei, klecksen, GraffitiGerman
  • brochazo, manchar, embadurnar, untarSpanish
  • sutiaFinnish
  • barbouiller, croûteFrench
  • spairt, sloisirScottish Gaelic
  • imbrattare, crostaItalian
  • kliederen, kladschilderen, besmerenDutch
  • pomazaćPolish
  • обмазка, мазня, мазать, малевать, штукатуркаRussian
  • beceriksizce boyamak, acemice boyamak, leke, acemice boyanmış resim, çamur, harç, sıvamakTurkish

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