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1mob

noun \ˈmäb\

: a large group or crowd of people who are angry or violent or difficult to control

: a large number of people

the mob : a secret organized group of criminals

Full Definition of MOB

1
:  a large or disorderly crowd; especially :  one bent on riotous or destructive action
2
:  the lower classes of a community :  masses, rabble
3
chiefly Australian :  a flock, drove, or herd of animals
4
:  a criminal set :  gang; especially often capitalized :  mafia 1
5
chiefly British :  a group of people :  crowd
mob·bish \ˈmä-bish\ adjective

Examples of MOB

  1. The angry mob smashed store windows and attacked people on the streets.
  2. The police had to be called in to handle the growing mob.
  3. He was jailed for his dealings with the Mob.

Origin of MOB

Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd
First Known Use: 1688

Synonym Discussion of MOB

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together <a crowd gathered>. throng and horde suggest movement and pushing <a throng of reporters> <a horde of shoppers>. crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort <a crush of fans>. mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence <an angry mob>.

Rhymes with MOB

2mob

verb

of a group of people : to move close to (someone) in an excited way : to crowd around (someone) in an aggressive, excited, or annoying way

: to come together in (a place) with many other people

mobbedmob·bing

Full Definition of MOB

transitive verb
1
:  to crowd about and attack or annoy <mobbed by autograph hunters>
2
:  to crowd into or around

Examples of MOB

  1. The actor's fans mobbed him wherever he went.
  2. Shoppers mobbed the stores during the holidays.

First Known Use of MOB

1696
MOBBED Defined for Kids

1mob

noun \ˈmäb\

Definition of MOB for Kids

1
:  a rowdy excited crowd
2
:  the people of a society who are poor and uneducated

2mob

verb
mobbedmob·bing

Definition of MOB for Kids

:  to crowd about in an aggressive, excited, or annoying way <The star was mobbed by fans.>

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