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mob

noun \ ˈmäb \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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 Australia : a flock, drove, or herd of animals
4 : a criminal set : gang; especiallyoften capitalized : mafia 1
5 informal : a group of people : crowd

mobbish

play \ˈmä-bish\ adjective

Examples of mob in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of mob

Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd

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

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mob

verb

Definition of mob

mobbed; mobbing
transitive verb
1 : to crowd about and attack or annoy
  • mobbed by autograph hunters
  • a crow mobbed by songbirds
2 : to crowd into or around
  • customers mob the stores on sale days

Examples of mob in a Sentence

  1. The actor's fans mobbed him wherever he went.

  2. Shoppers mobbed the stores during the holidays.

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First Known Use of mob

1696

mob Synonyms

Synonyms
flock, crowd, swarm, throng
Related Words
beset, infest, invade, overrun; clog, dam, jam, obstruct, plug (up)


MOB Defined for English Language Learners

mob

noun

Definition of mob for English Language Learners

  • : 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


mob

verb

Definition of mob for English Language Learners

  • 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


MOB Defined for Kids

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mob

noun \ ˈmäb \

Definition of mob for Students

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

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mob

verb

Definition of mob for Students

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


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