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From be- (thoroughly, extensively) +‎ daub, from Old French dauber (to plaster, whitewash), from Latin dealbō (whiten over, plaster).


bedaub (third-person singular simple present bedaubs, present participle bedaubing, simple past and past participle bedaubed)

  1. (transitive) To smear upon; to soil.
    • 2009, Noeleen McIlvenna, quoting journal, 1711, A Very Mutinous People[1], Univ of North Carolina Press, →ISBN, page 18:
      In this 6 mile we Crosst several miring branches in which we were all terribly bedaubed … Having almost spent the day in this toilsome tho short Journey.
  2. (transitive) To ornament garishly; to overdecorate.

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