transitive verb Date: 1558 1. to daub over ; besmear 2. to ornament with vulgar excess

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  • Bedaub — Be*daub , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bedaubed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bedaubing}.] To daub over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty. [1913 Webster] Bedaub foul designs with a fair varnish. Barrow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bedaub — index stain Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bedaub — (v.) 1550s, from BE (Cf. be ) + DAUB (Cf. daub) (v). Related: Bedaubed; bedaubing …   Etymology dictionary

  • bedaub — [bē dôb′, bidôb′] vt. 1. to make daubs on; smudge or smear over 2. to ornament showily; overdecorate …   English World dictionary

  • bedaub — /bi dawb /, v.t. 1. to smear all over; besmear; soil. 2. to ornament gaudily or excessively. [1545 55; BE + DAUB] * * * …   Universalium

  • bedaub — verb a) To smear upon; to soil b) To ornament garishly; to overdecorate See Also: besmear …   Wiktionary

  • bedaub — Synonyms and related words: apply paint, attaint, bedizen, begild, besmear, besmirch, besmoke, besmutch, besoil, bestain, black, blacken, blur, brand, brush on paint, butter, calcimine, coat, color, complexion, cover, dab, darken, daub, deep dye …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bedaub — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. smear, stain, soil; see dirty . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To spread with a greasy, sticky, or dirty substance: besmear, dab1, daub, plaster, smear, smirch, smudge. See PUT ON …   English dictionary for students

  • bedaub — be·daub || bɪ dɔːb v. sully; dirty with mud …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bedaub — verb literary smear or daub with a sticky substance …   English new terms dictionary

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