to smear all over; besmear; soil.
to ornament gaudily or excessively.
The men paint or bedaub their faces and breasts with a kind of red earth.
The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
Against which he prepares to bedaub him, and swears he will do it from the beginning, from Jersey to this day.
Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Samuel Pepys
With this paste the natives delighted to bedaub their faces.
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2 Hubert Howe Bancroft
Whan a man’s shoe is blackened and bedaub’d with industry, it will procure him such a supply as will make him cheerful.
The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
to smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty
to ornament in a gaudy or vulgar fashion
1550s, from be- + daub (v). Related: Bedaubed; bedaubing.
to impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings: Audiences were bedazzled by her charm. to dazzle so as to blind or confuse: The glare of the headlights bedazzled him. verb (transitive) to dazzle or confuse, as with brilliance v. 1590s, from be- + dazzle (v.). Related: Bedazzled; bedazzling.
to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner. Historical Examples “It is in bad taste, to say the least, to bedeck the bride in such a ceremony,” she said cuttingly. Louisiana Lou William West Winter Advantage was taken of these presents to bedeck the child in every variety of smartness. Fasting Girls […]
to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, distractions, or worries. to possess, as with a devil; bewitch. to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound: an issue bedeviled by prejudices. to beset or hamper continuously: a new building bedeviled by elevator failures. Contemporary Examples And the rifts produced by the idea-besotted ’60s […]
to wet with or as if with dew. Historical Examples There are bosoms on which so many tears have been shed that I cannot bedew them with mine. The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham This favor was granted him, and daily did he bedew his pillow with tears. The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel […]