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 mobbish (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 Angry mobs attacked election buildings around the country, setting some on fire. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Nov. 2019 Ultimately, Griffin is cornered and beaten to death by an angry mob. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Elisabeth Moss gets the gaslighting treatment in Invisible Man trailer," 7 Nov. 2019 Organizing a lynch mob is easier—with a surer, immediate and dramatic reward—than conducting a fair trial, which requires the brains and patience of an adult. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 Ness was noted for his talent in shutting down mob activity in the 1930s. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Rocky River Marine Patrol prepares for winter -- and more kayaks," 10 Sep. 2019 Lynch mobs mutilated bodies and collected body parts as souvenirs -- all while taking pictures of the corpses and sending them as postcards to friends. John Blake, CNN, "Why El Paso and other recent attacks in the US are modern-day lynchings," 17 Aug. 2019 In the guise of protecting cattle, lynch mobs are attacking Muslims with impunity. K.n.c., The Economist, "India cannot flourish without individual freedom," 16 Aug. 2019 In December, a mob protesting cow deaths killed a police officer in Uttar Pradesh. Washington Post, "Your Guide to India’s Upcoming General Election," 18 Sep. 2019 Myanmar’s military and Buddhist mobs launched attacks against Rohingya villagers, who have described mass killings, rape, mutilation and arson. Vidya Krishnan, Los Angeles Times, "‘We live like animals': Refugee leader gives Rohingya a voice," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even places that are often mobbed in summer, like the Lost Lake trails, make for peaceful walking come fall. Fortune, "Shoulder Season Is Upon Us: Why You Should Visit Whistler, Canada, Right Now," 22 Sep. 2019 Panicked fair attendees mobbed to exits, and videos showed officers and troopers trying to control the situation. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Police considering charges against teen who may have shot a gun at the Kentucky State Fair," 19 Aug. 2019 The bench cleared and mobbed Sheehy-Guiseppi after the score. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield makes quick work of Redskins and Mack Wilson grabs 2 picks in Browns 30-10 win in 1st preseason game," 8 Aug. 2019 Players jumped out of their seats and mobbed McCauley in the corner of the meeting room. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 However, after being mobbed by paparazzi at Yonsei University, Maddox Jolie-Pitt had a few words to say about his relationship with his father, Brad Pitt. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maddox Jolie-Pitt Talks About His Relationship with Dad Brad Pitt in a New Video," 11 Sep. 2019 Under normal circumstances, Floyd would have been mobbed by cameras. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Bears opener revives fears that a Super Bowl-worthy defense could be wasted by offensive stumbles," 6 Sep. 2019 But none of that stopped Costco’s first Chinese outlet, in Shanghai, from being mobbed on its Tuesday opening. Nisha Gopalan, Fortune, "Why Costco Might Survive China’s Rocky Retail Scene," 28 Aug. 2019 Both women had to stop their fans from mobbing each other. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "When Fans Go To War, Can Anything Be Done To Stop Them?," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mob was in 1688

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More Definitions for mob

mob

noun
How to pronounce mob (audio)

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

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 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

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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