mob

noun
\ ˈmäb \

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 \ adjective

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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

Others have expressed fears of a mob mentality, especially when the pitchforks go up immediately without due process. Benjy Hansen-bundy, Glamour, "What 1,147 Men Really Think About #MeToo," 30 May 2018 Some of these gamblers had connections to professional gambling circles while some were connected to the mob. Reid Laymance, Houston Chronicle, "The biggest sports gambling scandals," 14 May 2018 The Finnish mob burned down that building when Little Helsinki started to spill over into Little Havana. Josh Gondelman, The New Yorker, "Recommendations," 14 May 2018 But when her husband was murdered in a mafia dispute, Aiello decided she was done with the mob life. Anna Momigliano, Washington Post, "This Italian mob informant was elected to Parliament, but voters have never seen her face," 5 June 2018 But when her husband was murdered in a mafia dispute, Aiello decided she was done with the mob life. Anna Momigliano, chicagotribune.com, "A mob informant was elected to Italy's Parliament, but voters have never seen her face," 5 June 2018 The pose was short-lived, as a mob of teammates pounced on Bruce. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "SOC: Fresno FC at San Antonio FC 5-6," 5 May 2018 Peruvian authorities say a mob of locals in the Amazonian region of Ucayali lynched Woodroffe before burying him in a makeshift grave. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Canadian lynched in Peruvian Amazon, accused of killing an indigenous shaman," 23 Apr. 2018 Gaitonde narrates his life from his childhood as the son of a poor monk to mob boss of Mumbai’s Gopalmath district. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Following the Moroccan's win, the African nation's players were mobbed by their supporters in jubilant scenes, with fans of the Lions of Atlas demonstrating just what the victory meant to them. SI.com, "International Roundup: Late Chile Goal Hands La Roja Win While Morocco Dominate Slovakia in Geneva," 4 June 2018 Neymar ran behind the goal, in front of Anfield's legendary Kop End, and punched the air in obvious delight as he was mobbed by team-mates. Ian Whittell, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar returns, scores in Brazil victory over Croatia," 3 June 2018 From the foot of the Capitol to the White House more than a mile west, Pennsylvania Avenue and its tributaries were mobbed with demonstrators. Time, "Here's the Size of the March For Our Lives Crowd in Washington," 24 Mar. 2018 Reading stars can see their future After the Reading boys’ lacrosse team rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the Division 2 North final for a 10-7 win over Winchester, the Rocket players were mobbed by supporters on the turf at Woburn High. Craig Larson, BostonGlobe.com, "The spring season got off to a soggy start, but had a brilliant finish," 28 June 2018 Following a Rockets time out, Green calmly launched the no-doubt 3-pointer as the clock expired, and was promptly mobbed by his teammates. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Gerald Green's buzzer-beating trey caps wild Rockets comeback over Suns," 30 Mar. 2018 Keaton was mobbed at the Sacramento Street store by chic women of a certain age. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco SPCA raises the woof (and $1.8 million) at 150th anniversary gala," 23 Apr. 2018 Maybe after a fruitless stand against Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats will realize legislating and trying to win voters are better strategies than ruling by fiat and mobbing public servants. WSJ, "Senate Losses Are Worth the Risk for Democrats," 12 July 2018 In moments, he was mobbed by national news cameras. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "'I don't know what else to do': Grieving Capital Gazette journalists cover the massacre of their own newsroom," 29 June 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near mob

Moarian

moat

Moazagotl cloud

mob

mobber

mobbism

mobbist

Phrases Related to mob

lynch mob

mob boss

mob scene

the mob

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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

the mob : a secret organized group of criminals

mob

verb

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

mob

noun
\ ˈmäb \

Kids Definition of mob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rowdy excited crowd

2 : the people of a society who are poor and uneducated

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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