mob

noun
\ ˈmäb How to pronounce mob (audio) \

Definition of mob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mob

verb
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

Noun

mobbish \ ˈmä-​bish How to pronounce mob (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for mob

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

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

Noun 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. Verb 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 Dinner is a mob scene, even through the ebbs and flows of the pandemic, with tables usually booked out weeks in advance. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Narges Rashidi as a strikingly badass but compassionate mob debt collector. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 Perhaps plentiful opportunities in the U.S. job market are causing talented millennials to frown upon the mob life and seek legitimate fortunes. James Freeman, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 Tony, however, idolizes Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), another member of the family – the mob one. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2021 The early seasons are cleverly postmodern in their treatment of mob movies. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The Irishman—a 3.5-hour Martin Scorsese mob movie—comes in third for time watched without cracking the top 10 for accounts. David Yanofsky, Quartz, 28 Sep. 2021 But Dickie’s moral conflict feels like a duller echo of many other mob tales. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Tony, however, idolizes Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), another member of the family – the mob one. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, ajc, 27 June 2021 Those closest to him couldn’t wait until the formal ceremony atop Roger Penske’s recently refurbished Victory Podium to mob the beloved Castroneves. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2021 His teammates burst out of the dugout and mob him at the mound. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2021 Posey’s teammates mob him at home plate, and Martin Sr. waits at the top of the dugout. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2021 His teammates rewarded him with the silent treatment in the dugout before coming together to mob him and rub his long hair. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mob

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mob

Noun

Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd

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Last Updated

17 Oct 2021

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“Mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mob. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for mob

mob

noun

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
: a secret organized group of criminals

mob

verb

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

: 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

noun
\ ˈmäb How to pronounce mob (audio) \

Kids Definition of mob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mob

verb
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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