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 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 1991 trial of mob boss John Gotti involved an anonymous jury, as did the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Anonymous jury in Derek Chauvin trial part of a growing trend that has some legal experts worried," 25 Apr. 2021 After the mob attack on the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, Apple and other big tech companies moved quickly to sever ties with Parler, which had given some people involved in the attack a forum for discussing their plans. Matt Grossman, WSJ, "Apple to Reinstate Parler, the App at Center of Online-Speech Debate," 19 Apr. 2021 In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, "Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds," 13 Apr. 2021 After staring down a mob boss in the series premiere last week, the show ended in a surprising death. Mike Rose, cleveland, "How to watch ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ episode 2 | Free live stream options (4/8/21)," 8 Apr. 2021 With Donald Trump gone from the White House, the Supreme Court dismissed a suit Monday that accused Trump of violating free speech by blocking critics from his Twitter account, which the company canceled after the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Justice Thomas ponders possibility of regulating social media companies," 5 Apr. 2021 An elderly Gypsy king’s weight-loss curse prompts an obese lawyer to call in a mob boss’s debt. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 The commission recommended hiring hundreds of new police officers and increasing equipment and gear that would be needed to fend off a mob attack. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "DC National Guard leader will be new House sergeant-at-arms," 26 Mar. 2021 The decision by Facebook and Twitter to ban former President Donald Trump in the wake of the mob attack will also likely come up as lawmakers have the big tech CEOs in the hot seat. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face lawmakers for 'Disinformation Nation' hearing," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His teammates rewarded him with the silent treatment in the dugout before coming together to mob him and rub his long hair. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Bullpen troubles loom large as Cincinnati Reds swept at home by Arizona Diamondbacks," 22 Apr. 2021 As the Angels poured out of the dugout to mob Walsh at home plate, Ohtani came jogging out right along with them, splashing a water bottle all over his teammates with a smile on his face. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Angels say Shohei Ohtani is ‘fine’ after home-plate collision in walk-off win," 4 Apr. 2021 The Iowa State team sullenly walked toward their bench while the Aggies teammates came to mob their hero. Dallas News, "‘Today was for him’: Why Jordan Nixon’s heroic buzzer beater for Texas A&M took on a special meaning," 25 Mar. 2021 Families of Bulger's victims react to mob boss' murder. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Man linked to 'Whitey' Bulger murder suspect has been in solitary since 2018 slaying: report," 16 Mar. 2021 Of course, the Irish emptied the bench to mob him after the winning shot. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame basketball rallies to beat Wake Forest at the buzzer in the ACC tournament," 10 Mar. 2021 But pilot whales can mob and chase orcas away, the only cetaceans seen defending themselves from the apex predator in this way. Doris Elín Urrutia, Scientific American, "Pilot Whales Show Possible Orca-Mimicking Repertoire," 18 Feb. 2021 The Seawolves at game’s end poured off their bench to mob their goaltender, Chris King, an East High kid. Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News, "Once the toast of the town, UAA hockey is toast, and it’s sad but not surprising," 26 Aug. 2020 Rome’s Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, usually mobbed in early May with visitors speaking all kinds of languages, are nearly vacant. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "Photo essay: Italy reopens museums and churches," 21 May 2020

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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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2 May 2021

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“Mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mob. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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
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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