\ ˈmäb \

Definition of mob

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1 : a large and disorderly crowd of people especially : one bent on riotous or destructive action
2 informal : a large number of people a mob of shoppers clogged the aisles a team greeted by mobs of fans
3 : a criminal set : gang especially, often capitalized : mafia sense 1 a member of the Mob a mob informant
4 old-fashioned : the common people : masses
5 chiefly Australia : a flock, drove, or herd of animals


mobbed; mobbing

Definition of mob (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mob


mobbish \ ˈmä-​bish \ adjective

Synonyms for mob

Synonyms: Noun

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

Synonyms: Verb

crowd, flock, swarm, throng

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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

Examples of mob in a Sentence


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


The actor's fans mobbed him wherever he went. Shoppers mobbed the stores during the holidays.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Angry mobs have attempted to break into Araioses’s police station three times in the past two years to kill prisoners. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 Angry mobs form, and the nuns and the priest are nearly lynched. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 The situation escalated into a rabid mob attacking a small van carrying a few protestors. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 After speeding down the block, Mr. Houser stepped out and was assaulted by the mob. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Leftist Mob ‘Polices’ Portland," 11 Oct. 2018 This was where James was pulled from a train 120 years ago, hanged from a locust tree, shot by a mob and then left for hours for everyone to see. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 And then there’s Elon Musk, similarly trailed by a toxic mob wielding vitriol and rape threats, many of them specifically targeting journalists. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users," 5 June 2018 Eighteen were killed by a white mob in Los Angeles in 1871, and Chinese homes and businesses were destroyed in Denver in 1880. Jeff Gammage,, "When past is present: New documentary explores harsh treatment of Chinese immigrants," 25 May 2018 His predecessor, Alexandre de Juniac, left two years ago after two executives had their shirts violently ripped off by a mob of angry workers over a restructuring plan. The Economist, "Air France-KLM is being brought to its knees by its unions," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He is treated as an oracle by wannabe cryptocurrency moguls who mob him in public. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash?," 11 Sep. 2018 The video featured a voice over from a late night snapchat Kylie sent out, with videos of Kylie being mobbed by paparazzi and getting her picture taken on the red carpet. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Gets Real About Being Bullied in this Touching Video," 13 Sep. 2018 The crowd was stunned as Armstrong wheeled away only to be mobbed by exuberant teammates., "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - Gerry Armstrong Inspires N. Ireland's Shock Win Over Spain," 22 Apr. 2018 Moments after the celebration’s end, thousands mobbed lines stretching for blocks to board trains back to the suburbs. Jeremy Roebuck, Jason Laughlin, Juliana Reyes,, "Despite long lines, public transit bore the crush of Eagles parade goers," 8 Feb. 2018 Metaphorically, and literally, the Belgian lifted himself from the turf, greeted by all ten outfield players in red and blue, and he was mobbed by his adorning teammates, all smiling wildly., "FanView: Christian Benteke's Goal Was a Beautiful Moment of Symmetry & Summed Up Palace's Season," 1 May 2018 When the players are finished, fans mob the spike to sign it themselves. Ken Belson, New York Times, "A New Atlanta, United by Soccer," 17 May 2018 Mandzukic was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him in the corner and trapped photographers under them in the crush. Ronald Blum,, "Croatia reaches first World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Following his game-winning hit, Drabbant was mobbed by his teammates with high-fives, hugs and a victory pile on. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Broncos get 6-5 walk-off win in 10th," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mob


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mob


Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd

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English Language Learners Definition of mob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of mob (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Kids Definition of mob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


mobbed; mobbing

Kids Definition of mob (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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