\ 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


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


mobbish \ ˈmä-​bish How to pronounce mobbish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for mob

Synonyms: Noun

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

Synonyms: Verb

crowd, flock, swarm, throng

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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


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.


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

But with that approach, due process is thrown out the window, all law is politics, and mob rule becomes the standard. Libby Locke, WSJ, "The Attack on Kavanaugh Is Un-American," 26 Sep. 2018 But downright mob rule and violence against those with different political views has no place here. Randy Blaser,, "Our country needs to get back to the basics – it's all about equality," 28 June 2018 Hypothetical question: If a former reality TV star can drag America toward autocracy, can a career Democrat tip it into mob rule? Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Rep. Maxine Waters condemned for urging public harassment of Trump officials," 25 June 2018 Sri Lanka declares a state of emergency after mob attacks on Muslim communities by hardline Buddhists. Y.c. Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Effort seeks to build bonds between Muslims, Latinos, one taco truck at a time," 25 Mar. 2018 But just when patience is needed, mob rule has become the norm. The Economist, "The seven-year itchTunisia needs help if it is to remain a model for the Arab world," 18 Jan. 2018 Jackson’s virtual franchising of mob rule bore out Jefferson’s judgment, but the president shrugged off the insult by winning a second term. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "Trump's Tweets on Spying, Tirade Against Immigrants From ‘Shithole Countries’ Reveal His Paranoid Mind," 13 Jan. 2018 On March 14, 1891, the city of New Orleans became a charnel house as a mob of as many as 20,000 wantonly slaughtered 11 Italian-Americans. Rosario A. Iaconis, WSJ, "An Overdue Apology to Italian-Americans," 8 Apr. 2019 Suki Waterhouse stars in Assassination Nation as one of four high school girls who become victims of a town mob, á la the Salem Witch Trials. Devon Ivie, Teen Vogue, "Suki Waterhouse Accidentally Injured Someone While Filming "Assassination Nation"," 19 Sep. 2018

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Frantic onlookers began mobbing the canary-yellow prototype—banging elbows to get a better view. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane," 31 May 2018 The Best Actor winner was even mobbed at the after-party. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rami Malek's Wild Oscar Night Included Champagne and Falling Off the Stage," 25 Feb. 2019 Of course, this rule got him in a little trouble last month when a video emerged of Shawn getting mobbed by fans, causing him to almost miss his flight. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Addresses Gay Rumors," 26 Nov. 2018 He is treated as an oracle by wannabe cryptocurrency moguls who mob him in public. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash?," 11 Sep. 2018 The video featured a voice over from a late night snapchat Kylie sent out, with videos of Kylie being mobbed by paparazzi and getting her picture taken on the red carpet. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Gets Real About Being Bullied in this Touching Video," 13 Sep. 2018 The crowd was stunned as Armstrong wheeled away only to be mobbed by exuberant teammates., "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - Gerry Armstrong Inspires N. Ireland's Shock Win Over Spain," 22 Apr. 2018 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,, "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., "FanView: Christian Benteke's Goal Was a Beautiful Moment of Symmetry & Summed Up Palace's Season," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of mob


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mob


Latin mobile vulgus vacillating crowd

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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



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


\ 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


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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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