\ 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

Perry, a well-to-do African-American landowner, was wounded and captured by an armed white mob that stormed his home the evening of Nov. 2, 1920. Stephen Hudak,, "Bill seeks to compensate descendants of Ocoee massacre victims 100 years later," 16 Sep. 2019 More than 4,000 African Americans were killed in racial terror lynchings, most by white mobs, in the United States between 1850 and 1950. Jonathan Pitts,, "Civil rights author cheers public launch of new commission on Maryland’s lynching history," 13 Sep. 2019 As the French Revolution gained steam, an angry mob had just stormed the Bastille. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "What to Know About the Origins of 'Left' and 'Right' in Politics, From the French Revolution to the 2020 Presidential Race," 12 Sep. 2019 Angry mobs looted, burned and vandalized shops, properties, and vehicles, after violence flared Sunday. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Anger in Nigeria as South Africa xenophobic attacks spark looting," 4 Sep. 2019 Word quickly spread and an angry white mob set the Carswell Grove church ablaze. John Eligon, New York Times, "Recovering the Memory of a Black Church Destroyed During the ‘Red Summer’," 31 Aug. 2019 Angry mobs set fires to rail cars and the National Guard opened fire on masses of people, killing 30, and wounding many more. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Trump Administration to Deport Kids Seeking Medical Treatment: raceAhead," 30 Aug. 2019 Congratulations on your big milestone, and good luck with the angry mob. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: I want to rescind their wedding invitation because they’re sulking," 21 Aug. 2019 In late July, an armed mob brutally attacked civilians at a train station, yet police did not arrive until 40 minutes later, fueling suspicions of collusion with the criminal triads. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "USWNT tops England to advance into final at FIFA Women’s World Cup," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Morgan scores, Alyssa Naeher saves in U.S. win over England," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson, Twin Cities, "U.S. edges England, 2-1, to make third straight World Cup final," 2 July 2019 At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration. Anne M. Peterson,, "U.S. beats England 2-1 to advance to their 3rd-straight Women’s World Cup final," 1 July 2019 When the 3-pointer swished through the net at the last second, fellow campers mobbed the boy in celebration as Mack raised both arms. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Spreading the love of the game: A day inside Chris Mack's Louisville basketball camp," 21 June 2019 As the clock ticked to zero, the Blues mobbed the ice in victory. Nathan Becker, WSJ, "St. Louis Hockey Fans Are No Longer Singing the Blues," 15 June 2019 At how many other tournaments do fans mob the qualifying matches and the practice courts. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Should We Make of Another Nick Kyrgios Title?," 7 Aug. 2019 After the umpire signaled out to end the game, Rodriguez was mobbed by his own teammates in celebration. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Home plate collisions were once a common occurrence in baseball. Here are the most famous," 11 July 2019

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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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