Definition of yob in English:

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Pronunciation: /jɒb/


British informal
A rude, noisy, and aggressive youth.
Example sentences
  • They urged police to crack down on racist yobs before youths took the law into their own hands.
  • Most vandals and yobs are created by irresponsible and neglectful parents.
  • We have let these people down - the yobs and their yob parents - and now we are paying the price.



Pronunciation: /ˈjɒbɪʃ/
Example sentences
  • The yobbish city culture takes over when two opposing football clubs meet.
  • His 16-year-old daughter Samantha and son Tom, 13, have been caught up in drugs, joyriding and yobbish behaviour.
  • It is extremely encouraging the campaign has succeeded in mobilising people to take action against yobbish and anti-social behaviour.


Pronunciation: /ˈjɒbɪʃli/
Example sentences
  • Am I saying that all yobbishly named wines are awful?
  • I had gone out with some girls I'd met and got so drunk that I was yobbishly being sick in the street.
  • Last week he was at it again, demanding punishment of the utmost severity for footballers who behave yobbishly on the pitch.


Pronunciation: /ˈjɒbɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • The clampdown on yobbishness by the youngest pupils is designed to nip the problem in the bud before the children reach secondary school, where teachers face the worst discipline problems.
  • The yobbishness of the youth continues to make headlines.
  • There has to be an end to the drunken yobbishness which has been a problem in the past.


adjective (yobbier, yobbiest)
Example sentences
  • Yobby behaviour is being dealt with.’
  • What I hate about the magazine is its yobby tone.


Mid 19th century: back slang for boy.

  • This is an example of back slang, in which people say words as though they were spelled backwards. It is a reverse form of boy, and originally, in the mid 19th century, simply meant ‘a boy or youth’. Now a yob is a rude, noisy, or aggressive one.

Words that rhyme with yob

blob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, job, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, throb

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