\ 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


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 How to pronounce mobbish (audio) \ 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

The growing wave of vigilante violence includes a mob assault of two detectives (Shea Whigham and Bill Camp), left in critical condition. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The Vindicator had a rich history of covering the news of corruption, mob wars and economic decline that in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley were bountiful. Mark Gillespie,, "Unusual deal keeps a shrinking Ohio city's newspaper going," 26 Aug. 2019 Reflective materials now mirror whatever mobs walk near them. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After canceling one upgrade, Minecraft gets another—and it’s Nvidia RTX exclusive," 19 Aug. 2019 The film The Kitchen adapts the graphic novel of the same name, about three mob wives in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen delivering payback after their husbands are carted off to jail. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Cheap Thrills of The Kitchen and Why Women Kill," 19 Aug. 2019 The comment alone is potentially destabilizing and sounds like a mob shakedown. Author: David Nakamura, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump again appears to take North Korea’s side against his own military, allies," 10 Aug. 2019 Lukaku isn't the only Manchester United player who's accused of being unprofessional, however, as the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard also often find themselves as targets for tabloid writers and mobs on social media., "Gary Neville Rinses 'Overweight and Unprofessional' Romelu Lukaku Ahead of Imminent Inter Move," 8 Aug. 2019 Ozzie Valdez told reporters that two of the girls were charged with aggravated battery, while the third was charged with mob action. Fox News, "Illinois teens charged with beating special-needs girl in viral video, police say," 26 July 2019 Two of the girls have been charged with aggravated battery and the other charged with mob action. CBS News, "3 girls charged in "sick and disgusting" attack on teen girl in Chicago," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "USWNT tops England to advance into final at FIFA Women’s World Cup," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Morgan scores, Alyssa Naeher saves in U.S. win over England," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, Twin Cities, "U.S. edges England, 2-1, to make third straight World Cup final," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson,, "U.S. beats England 2-1 to advance to their 3rd-straight Women’s World Cup final," 1 July 2019 When the 3-pointer swished through the net at the last second, fellow campers mobbed the boy in celebration as Mack raised both arms. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Spreading the love of the game: A day inside Chris Mack's Louisville basketball camp," 21 June 2019 As the clock ticked to zero, the Blues mobbed the ice in victory. Nathan Becker, WSJ, "St. Louis Hockey Fans Are No Longer Singing the Blues," 15 June 2019 At how many other tournaments do fans mob the qualifying matches and the practice courts. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Should We Make of Another Nick Kyrgios Title?," 7 Aug. 2019 After the umpire signaled out to end the game, Rodriguez was mobbed by his own teammates in celebration. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Home plate collisions were once a common occurrence in baseball. Here are the most famous," 11 July 2019

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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
informal : a large number of people
informal : 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


\ ˈmäb How to pronounce mob (audio) \

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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