daub

Whenever you smear something on a surface, you are daubing. Abstract Expressionists may have been able to daub a canvas with paint and sell it for millions, but you probably wouldn’t be so lucky.

Daub can be used as a verb or as a noun, and is derived from the Old French debaur which comes from the Latin dealbare “to whiten.” It is also used to describe the process of covering a surface with an adhesive substance such as plaster, mud or grease. However, in its noun form, it means a smear of something. When you are ordering "a bagel with a smear," you could impress the guy at the deli by asking for "a daub" instead.

Definitions of daub
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n an unskillful painting

Type of:
painting, picture
graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

n a blemish made by dirt

Synonyms:
blot, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
Types:
blotch, splodge, splotch
an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint
a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
inkblot
a blot made with ink
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

n material used to daub walls

Type of:
clay
a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

v apply to a surface

daub paint onto the wall”
Synonyms:
smear
cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
plaster
coat with plaster
Type of:
apply, put on
apply to a surface

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

daub the ceiling with plaster”
Synonyms:
smear
Types:
blood
smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v coat with plaster

daub the wall”
Synonyms:
plaster
Types:
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render-set
cover with two coats of plaster
parget
apply ornamental plaster to
roughcast
apply roughcast to
mud
plaster with mud
mortar
plaster with mortar
Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

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