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 Joseph Smith, the church’s founder and first prophet, was executed by a mob while imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois. Jackson Deakins, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Reporting on the La Mora massacre has harmed efforts to normalize Latter-day Saints," 20 Nov. 2019 Muhlaysia Booker Booker was found shot to death on May 18 in south Dallas, shortly after she was assaulted by a mob. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "At least 22 transgender people have been killed this year. But numbers don't tell the full story," 18 Nov. 2019 The mosque was demolished in 1992 by a Hindu nationalist mob. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s top court paves the way for a temple to be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya," 9 Nov. 2019 But a sixteenth century Muslim mosque stood on the site for hundreds of years, until it was demolished by a Hindu nationalist mob in 1992 following a long campaign of religious agitation. Billy Perrigo, Time, "This Indian City Has Been Ground Zero for Hindu-Muslim Clashes for Decades. An Imminent Supreme Court Verdict Could Reignite Tensions," 8 Nov. 2019 Hurley was nearly drowned by the mob and suffered several fractures in the assault. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Reaching out to all the ‘silent warriors’ out there," 3 Nov. 2019 Then, the co-hosts, each channeling a different celebrity’s iconic look from over the years, made their grand entrance one by one, cheered on by a mob of fans and clamoring photographers. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Co-Hosts Channel Iconic Celebrity Met Gala Looks on Halloween — See Their Costumes," 31 Oct. 2019 Lynching is the extrajudicial murder of an untried suspect, usually by a mob and often by hanging. al, "Montgomery memorial shows how wrong Trump was about ‘lynching'," 22 Oct. 2019 Similar talk preceded a notorious massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok in 1976, when soldiers and police casually fired into a crowded campus of student protesters, their work finished by a right-wing lynch mob. The Economist, "Thailand’s army chief sees a commie conspiracy to topple the king," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Jackson visited Glen Burnie High School for a Friday night game last month, students mobbed him in hopes of crowding into selfies. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Lamarmania: The Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson are generating fan excitement from Baltimore to Brazil," 15 Nov. 2019 Nor is there much sense of urgency, particularly in the early going, which basically meanders through Frank's introduction to mob life until Hoffa's arrival brings the film's spine into focus. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Irishman' caps De Niro-Scorsese pairing with epic mob drama," 31 Oct. 2019 Dach dropped to one knee in celebration before rising for a fist pump, then got mobbed by teammates. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Kirby Dach’s 1st NHL goal isn’t enough as the Blackhawks fall 2-1 in a shootout to the Golden Knights," 22 Oct. 2019 Once Johnson secured the football and fell out of bounds, most of the St. Edward team mobbed him on the track as a sea of green jerseys celebrated toward an adjacent wall near the stands. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 2 St. Edward survives No. 7 St. Ignatius in 7-3 defensive battle," 13 Oct. 2019 Benson's shot appeared to be sailing over the goal, but tucked just underneath the crossbar as the FC Dallas squad mobbed Benson near the sideline. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Special Olympics Athlete Caden Benson Scores Impressive Free Kick for FC Dallas," 28 July 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

2 Dec 2019

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“Mob.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mobbing. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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