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Middle English daub ( noun ), from Middle English dauben ( “ to plaster or whitewash; cover with clay; bespatter ”, verb ), from Old Northern French dauber ( “ to whitewash; plaster ” ), of uncertain origin. Probably from Latin dealbāre ( “ to whiten thoroughly ” ).
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daub ( , countable and uncountable plural )
Excrement or clay used as a bonding material in construction. A soft
coating of mud, plaster , etc. A crude or amateurish painting.
2008, Joseph Agassi, Ian Charles Jarvie, A Critical Rationalist Aesthetics (page 16)
Ah, but what if he penned what in the art schools they call an 'artist's statement' wherein he explained the relation of his gibberish or his daubs to the mainstream of art or writing?
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soft coating of mud, plaster etc
crude or amateurish painting
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daub ( third-person singular simple present , daubs present participle , daubing simple past and past participle )
( intransitive , transitive ) To apply (something) to a surface in hasty or crude strokes.
Synonyms: , apply , coat , cover , plaster smear The artist just seemed to daub on paint at random and suddenly there was a painting.
1864 August – 1866 January, [Elizabeth] Gaskell, “The Bride at Home”, in , volume I, London: Wives and Daughters. An Every-day Story. [ … ] Smith, Elder and Co., [ … ] , published 1866, , OCLC 83344188 page 180: [… ] Mrs. Gibson could not well come up to the girl’s bedroom every night and see that she daubed her face and neck over with the cosmetics so carefully provided for her.
1868, Louisa M[ay] Alcott, , Little Women: Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (please specify |part=1 or 2), Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, : OCLC 30743985 An artist friend fitted her out with his castoff palettes, brushes, and colors, and she daubed away, producing pastoral and marine views such as were never seen on land or sea.
1940, Ernest Hemingway, , London: Jonathan Cape, Chapter 15, p. 185, For Whom the Bell Tolls
 [… ] as he watched, [the motorcar] came up the snow-covered road, green and brown painted, in broken patches of daubed color, the windows blued over so that you could not see in [… ]
1952, Patricia Highsmith, , Norton, 2004, Chapter 3, p. 39, The Price of Salt
 Blood was running to her shoe, and her stocking was torn in a jagged hole. [… ] she wet toilet paper and daubed until the red was gone from her stocking, but the red kept coming.
1969, Chaim Potok, , New York: Fawcett Crest, Book 3, Chapter 16, p. 379, The Promise
 They were expecting to see me, she said, daubing paint on the canvas and stepping back to gauge the effect. 2007, Tan Twan Eng, , New York: Weinstein Books, Book 1, Chapter 21, p. 226, The Gift of Rain
 Cylindrical lanterns daubed in red writing hung at intervals across wooden beams [… ]
( transitive ) To paint (a picture, etc.) in a coarse or unskilful manner.
1695, John Dryden (translator), Observations on the Art of Painting by Charles Alphonse du Fresnoy, London: W. Rogers, p. 201,
 [… ] a lame, imperfect Piece, rudely daub’d over with too little Reflection and too much haste.
1725, Isaac Watts, chapter 3, in Logick: Or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry after Truth,, 2nd edition, London: [ … ] [ … ] John Clark and Richard Hett, [ … ] , Emanuel Matthews, [ … ] , and Richard Ford, [ … ] , published 1726, , part II (Of Judgment and Proposition), section 1, OCLC 1325830848 page 189: If a Picture is daub’d with many bright and glaring Colours, the vulgar Eye admires it as an excellent Piece [… ]
1826, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, An Essay on Mind, Book I, in The Earlier Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1826-1833, London: Bartholomew Robson, 1878, pp. 25-26,
 If some gay picture, vilely
daubed, were seen With grass of azure, and a sky of green,
Th’impatient laughter we’d suppress in vain,
And deem the painter jesting, or insane. 1964, Christopher Isherwood, , Vintage, 2010,
A Single Man [… ] this stretch of the shore is still filthy with trash; high-school gangs still daub huge scandalous words on its beach-wall, and seashells are still less easy to find here than discarded rubbers.
( transitive , obsolete ) To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.
c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedy of Richard the Third:”, in [ … ] Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene v]: OCLC 606515358 So smooth he daub’d his vice with show of virtue, 1820, John Clare, “The Universal Epitaph” in Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, London: Taylor & Hessey, p. 91,
 No flattering praises
daub my stone, My frailties and my faults to hide;
( transitive , obsolete ) To flatter excessively or grossly.
1766, Tobias Smollett, , London: R. Baldwin, Volume 2, Letter 28, p. 73, Travels through France and Italy
 I can safely say, however, that without any daubing at all, I am, very sincerely, Your very affectionate, humble servant, ( transitive , obsolete ) To put on without taste; to deck gaudily.
1697, John Dryden, “On the Three Dukes killing the Beadle on Sunday Morning, Febr. the 26th, 1670/1” in John Denham et al., Poems on affairs of state from the time of Oliver Cromwell, to the abdication of K. James the Second, London, p. 148,
 Yet shall
Whitehall the Innocent, the Good, See these men dance all daub’d with Lace and Blood. 1762, Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World, London, for the author, Volume 1, Letter 50, p. 224,
 [… ] whenever they came in order to pay those islanders a visit, [they] were generally very well dressed, and very poor, daubed with lace, but all the gilding on the outside.
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to apply something in hasty or crude strokes
to cover with a specious or deceitful exterior
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