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

Other Words from mob

Noun

mobbish \ ˈmä-​bish How to pronounce mob (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 The committee was established to investigate the circumstances that caused a pro-Trump mob to ransack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, briefly stopping lawmakers from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 Biden assailed Trump and a mob of the former president’s supporters for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, using the first anniversary of the attack to rebuke his predecessor’s attempts to undermine the 2020 election results. WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Biden's speech Thursday -- from the spot where Donald Trump's mob defiled the US tradition of peaceful transfers of power a year ago -- was easily his most authoritative moment as President. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 That doesn’t mean millions of Americans are about to join a mob or assault their fellow citizens. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Congressional staffers barricade themselves after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Scott Macfarlane, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 If this had been a blockbuster movie, the music would’ve swelled, wisps of smoke would’ve parted and, emerging from the rubble, the band of dirty, bloody officers injured while facing down a thousands-strong angry mob would emerge as heroes. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 An invading mob of Donald Trump’s followers destroyed that sense of security - not only on that day but in the long year that followed. Paul Schwartzman And Peter Jamison, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Jan. 2022 Lankford was threatened with violence by the Ku Klux Klan after a mob beat up Freedom Riders in 1961 at the Trailways bus station in Birmingham. al, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every weekend, huge masses of teenagers would mob the city’s shabby little central plaza, then walk around for hours in loud, rowdy packs, looping over and over through the narrow downtown streets. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Skinner came around to score easily, and Leggett rounded first base and tossed his helmet into the grass as teammates rushed to mob him. Eric Olson, ajc, 27 June 2021 Those closest to him couldn’t wait until the formal ceremony atop Roger Penske’s recently refurbished Victory Podium to mob the beloved Castroneves. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2021

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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

14 Jan 2022

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“Mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mob. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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
: a secret organized group of criminals

mob

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mob (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 poor and uneducated people of a society

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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