Definition of mob in English:

mob

Syllabification: mob
Pronunciation: /mäb
 
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noun

1A large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence: a mob of protesters
More example sentences
  • I feared trouble because the mob was growing restless and violent.
  • Authorities clamped down on new curfews and brought in the army to quell the violence, but angry mobs have been turning on those trying to keep the peace.
  • Instead, a voice-over quoting from telegraph reports briefly mentions some of the mob's racist violence.
Synonyms
1.1 (usually the Mob) North American The Mafia or a similar criminal organization.
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  • Ruby was a strip club owner, and was said to have connections with the Mob.
  • The agency also has been accused of funding con artists and companies linked to the Mob.
  • And though Barry has been one of the Mob's more dependable components, he is as capable of playing as wildly, as out of control, as the rest of them.
Synonyms
Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Camorra
1.2 (the mob) The ordinary people: the age-old fear that the mob may organize to destroy the last vestiges of civilized life
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  • Fear of the mob has always been uppermost in the gentry's minds.
  • Unfortunately, the mob was more organized that they expected as freshly reloaded guns began to fire at them.
  • They did it because they had a justified fear of the mob.
Synonyms
common people, masses, rank and file, commonality, plebeians, proletariat; lower classes
derogatory hoi polloi, rabble, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs
humorous sheeple
historical third estate

verb (mobs, mobbing, mobbed)

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1Crowd around (someone) in an unruly and excitable way in order to admire or attack them: he was mobbed by autograph hunters
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  • His focus was on the furniture but he hardly got a chance to look at the stuff on display as ecstatic fans practically mobbed him for autographs.
  • Nearby, a crowd mobbed a man on a pay phone, screaming at him to get off the phone so that they could call relatives.
  • Even before she got out of the airport, she was literally mobbed by the crowd, which included airport staff.
Synonyms
surround, swarm, besiege, jostlecrowd (into), fill, pack, throng, press into, squeeze into
1.1(Of a group of birds or mammals) surround and attack (a predator or other source of threat) in order to drive it off.
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  • Swifts will often mob aerial predators such as raptors if they approach a flock.
  • Adult terns come over to mob the predator while the chicks take cover in the high grass or in their nests.
  • They will also mob predators in flight, gathering into tight flocks and dive-bombing a hawk or other predator.
1.2Crowd into (a building or place): an unruly crowd mobbed the White House during an inaugural reception

Origin

late 17th century: abbreviation of archaic mobile, short for Latin mobile vulgus 'excitable crowd'.

Derivatives

mobber

noun
More example sentences
  • I tried to walk at different paces to the mobbers around me so I wasn't saying hello to the same people all the time.
  • More impressive than the successful planning and timing, though, was the number of participants: there must have been three hundred mobbers present.
  • One of the mobbers stumbled in front of the Ford.

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