These poor wretches were stunted in their growth, their hideous faces bedaubed
with white paint, their skins filthy and greasy, their hair entangled, their voices discordant, and their gestures violent.
In the lower House were certain bedaubed
walls, in the basest style of imitation, which made him feel faintly sick, not to speak of a lobby adorned with artless prints and photographs of eminent defunct Congressmen that was all too serious for a joke and too comic for a Valhalla.
Traditionally, the word "smore" has been glossed nonsensically as "smother," (16) but it appears perhaps more likely that the line could read as "you smeared me with smoke" or soot, consistent with The Oxford English Dictionary's "To smear, bedaub
" ([OED 3] as in "1530 Pals[grave]....
(14.) As pointed out by Laffut (2006: 23), exactly the same "transitivizing" prefix was found in older stages of English with verbs such as bedaub
, besow, bespatter, and is still productive in the formation of adjectives such as bewinged, bewired, etc.
OTHERS: addle 'to earn, gain'; algate 'always, in every way, in any case'; bain 'ready, willing'; baiter 'to dance'; bask 'bitter, irritating to the senses'; clag 'to bedaub
, clog'; hag 'to cut, hew, chop'; nait 'useful, good at need'; ra 'a sail-yard'; risp 'to rub, to grate together; to rasp or file'; scraw 'a scroll or tag of parchment or leather'; slape 'slippery, smooth; also crafty, cunning, deceitful'; snod 'smooth, sleek; even'; stoop 'a post, pillar'; streak "to stroke; to make level, flat or even; to rub or smear; to spread, lay evenly'; uthe 'harmony'; withgang 'success, advantage, profit';
This chief came bedaubed
from head to foot with White Clay, with no moccasins on his feet, though the cold was severe & a robe merely thrown round his naked body.
But once, and then thy soldiers marched like players, With garish robes, not armour; and thyself, Bedaubed
with gold, rode laughing at the rest, Nodding and shaking of thy spangled crest, Were women's favours hung like labels down.
"On the word of a gentleman, I see nothing illusive in the wretchedly bedaubed
sheet of canvas that forms your background, or in these pasteboard slips that hitch and jerk along the front.