1 of 2


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


2 of 2


mobbed; mobbing

transitive verb

: to crowd about and attack or annoy
mobbed by autograph hunters
a crow mobbed by songbirds
: to crowd into or around
customers mob the stores on sale days
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
His last arrest was in May 2003, when he and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi were seized after their motorcade was attacked by a pro-government mob in what some supporters said was an assassination attempt. Seth Mydans, New York Times, 1 June 2024 Those About to Die stars acting legend Anthony Hopkins as the real-life Emperor Vespasian, and the drama centers around the corrupt world of gladiatorial competition, from the glory and the bloodshed to the dirty dealings of the ancient mob. Lucy Ford, TIME, 23 May 2024
When Raziq went out on the streets, he was mobbed by crowds of well-wishers. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 One of the first teammates to mob her in the celebration was senior catcher Delaina Ma’ae. Dan Albano, Orange County Register, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mob 

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Word History



Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd

First Known Use


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mob was in 1688

Dictionary Entries Near mob

Cite this Entry

“Mob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the common people : masses
: a large rowdy crowd : rabble
: a criminal gang


2 of 2 verb
mobbed; mobbing
: to crowd about and attack or annoy

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