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 Straka will have to pay a $5,000 fine, the maximum fine allowed, and an additional $500 for the damage done to the Capitol building by the mob. Hannah Rabinowitz And Holmes Lybrand, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 She was charged a little more than a week after the Capitol was attacked by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2022 Alexandria residents Maurice Turner, 18, and Donovan Copeland, 20, and Fairfax County resident Damonte Martin, 21, are all in custody and accused of malicious wounding by mob, along with other charges, authorities said. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 While chair of the NGC, he was targeted for assassination by the mob. Grayson Quay, The Week, 8 Jan. 2022 The riot was led by a mob of angry Trump supporters who were trying to disrupt the formal counting of the results of the presidential election, which President Joe Biden won. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 One year after the violent attack on Capitol Hill by a mob seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, many House lawmakers are still struggling to wrap their heads around the brutality of that day. Rachel Scott, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2022 One year later, lawmakers will pause, pray and try to draw lessons Thursday from the insurrection last Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters – and look for ways to prevent attacks on democracy. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 Yusef Hawkins, a black teenager, was attacked by a mob of white youths in a predominantly Italian Brooklyn neighborhood and shot dead. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 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

26 Jan 2022

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“Mob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mob. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for mob

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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