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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mob, inspired and encouraged by President Trump, violently attacked the police at the Capitol (injuring well over a hundred of them) trying to physically stop the ceremonial certification of the electoral votes sent by the states. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 An estimated 300 people died in what is now known as the Tulsa Race Massacre, and the mob, and Tulsa police, burned more than 1,200 homes, businesses and churches along with a school, public library and hospital. Char Adams, NBC News, 18 May 2022 The Supreme Court's draft opinion leak has Democrats turning to mob violence and intimidation. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 6 May 2022 In an ceremony on April 16, Mayor Michael B. Hancock presented an apology letter to families whose ancestors had been targeted by xenophobia and mob violence in Denver more than a century ago. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 While lynching is most commonly associated with hanging, the term covers a much broader scope of lawless mob violence and executions. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Alleged assaults of white women by Black men set off four days of mob violence by white men. Adrianne Murchison, ajc, 24 Mar. 2022 This white mob violence was a response to African Americans seeking wartime jobs in Northern and Midwestern cities during the Great Migration. Anthony Siracusa, The Conversation, 3 Feb. 2022 The killing reflected other acts of mob violence that swept the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in the summer. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Angels poured out of their dugout to mob Rendon. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 And who, in the eyes of manager Joe Maddon, were the stars of a game that sent a Mother’s Day crowd of 32,337 into a frenzy and the Angels pouring out of their dugout to mob Rendon? Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 As clues pile up, more and more of Gotham's power players get drawn into that web, with the Penguin (an unrecognizable Colin Farrell), the top henchman to mob boss Falcone (John Turturro), adding to the Rogues Gallery of villains. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 The National Park Service does not generally release that data, hoping to protect P-22 from poachers and fans who could try to mob him. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 As clues pile up, more and more of Gotham's power players get drawn into that web, with the Penguin (an unrecognizable Colin Farrell), the top henchman to mob boss Falcone (John Turturro), adding to the Rogues Gallery of villains. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 The play was initially ruled an out, but replay review overturned the call, and the Tigers came pouring out of the dugout to mob Baez as the crowd went wild. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2022 As clues pile up, more and more of Gotham's power players get drawn into that web, with the Penguin (an unrecognizable Colin Farrell), the top henchman to mob boss Falcone (John Turturro), adding to the Rogues Gallery of villains. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 As clues pile up, more and more of Gotham's power players get drawn into that web, with the Penguin (an unrecognizable Colin Farrell), the top henchman to mob boss Falcone (John Turturro), adding to the Rogues Gallery of villains. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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

26 May 2022

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“Mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mob. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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