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

Choose the Right Synonym for mob

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

Nearly two dozen people have been arrested in connection with the mob killing of five men in northwestern India believed to be triggered by a WhatsApp rumor. Eli Meixler, Time, "Five Killed in Latest Mob Attack After Rumors on Social Media. Here’s What to Know About India's WhatsApp Murders," 3 July 2018 But over the past few days, Meinhardt has been fielding a stream of irate complaints about his defunct establishment, courtesy of an internet mob that’s pulled restaurants across the world into a round of White House political drama. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Red Hen restaurants around the world are getting blamed for kicking out Sarah Sanders," 26 June 2018 Can a mob wife be more than long suffering, naive, willfully blind, or painfully resilient? Vogue, "Juliet Rylance Is Not Your Typical Mafia Girlfriend," 13 Mar. 2018 The Roanoke Times reported that Cohen and his film crew had narrowly escaped an angry mob. Bethonie Butler, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with ‘Da Ali G Show’," 13 July 2018 Near the Toussaint Louverture International Airport a fiery barricade blocked parts of the road while an angry mob broke the front door of the Best Western hotel in Petionville with rocks. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "As violent protests continue over gas prices, U.S. airlines cancel all flights to Haiti," 7 July 2018 No charges were ever brought against any members of the lynch mob. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Last-known lynching in Indiana included in National Memorial for Peace and Justice," 27 Apr. 2018 In the decades after, black boys and girls weren't given access to reformation, but rather incarceration that either resulted in jail or, sometimes, a lynch mob. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "The Criminal Justice System Discriminates Against Children of Color," 14 Jan. 2018 The itinerary still oozes with ceremony — all cleverly taking place at a discreet distance from the mob. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moments after the celebration’s end, thousands mobbed lines stretching for blocks to board trains back to the suburbs. Jeremy Roebuck, Jason Laughlin, Juliana Reyes, Philly.com, "Despite long lines, public transit bore the crush of Eagles parade goers," 8 Feb. 2018 Metaphorically, and literally, the Belgian lifted himself from the turf, greeted by all ten outfield players in red and blue, and he was mobbed by his adorning teammates, all smiling wildly. SI.com, "FanView: Christian Benteke's Goal Was a Beautiful Moment of Symmetry & Summed Up Palace's Season," 1 May 2018 When the players are finished, fans mob the spike to sign it themselves. Ken Belson, New York Times, "A New Atlanta, United by Soccer," 17 May 2018 Mandzukic was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him in the corner and trapped photographers under them in the crush. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, "Croatia reaches first World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Following his game-winning hit, Drabbant was mobbed by his teammates with high-fives, hugs and a victory pile on. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Broncos get 6-5 walk-off win in 10th," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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

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mobber

mobbism

mobbist

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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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