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[mob] /mɒb/
a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.
a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence.
any group or collection of persons or things.
the common people; the masses; populace or multitude.
a criminal gang, especially one involved in drug trafficking, extortion, etc.
the Mob, Mafia (def 1).
Sociology. a group of persons stimulating one another to excitement and losing ordinary rational control over their activity.
a flock, herd, or drove of animals:
a mob of sheep.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a lawless, irrational, disorderly, or riotous crowd:
mob rule; mob instincts.
directed at or reflecting the lowest intellectual level of the common people:
mob appeal; the mob mentality.
verb (used with object), mobbed, mobbing.
to crowd around noisily, as from curiosity or hostility:
Spectators mobbed the courtroom.
to attack in a riotous mob:
The crowd mobbed the consulate.
Fox Hunting. to chop (a fox).
Origin of mob1
1680-90; short for Latin mōbile vulgus the movable (i.e., changeable, inconstant) common people
Related forms
mobber, mobbist, noun
mobbish, adjective
mobbishly, adverb
mobbishness, noun
mobbism, noun
unmobbed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Whenever you twins get together I think I have to watch you just as I used to when you were mobbing the parsonage.

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
  • Instead of mobbing her every man in the place started to laugh.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • They never thought of mobbing the city officials who had allowed the Negro dives to exist.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • The men who were for mobbing us at that time are now the most prominent 'reformers,' and seem to be the most influential persons.

  • At Lichuan occurred our first mobbing, the more unfortunate as most of our coolies came from there.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • Yes, and if these mobbing knaves can be kept quiet then, we shall be in a situation to ask no favors.

    The Rangers D. P. Thompson
  • The young orator's attitude towards slavery was determined by the mobbing of Garrison.

    The Battle of Principles Newell Dwight Hillis
  • When we reached the summit we could hear the magpies calling out, but, to do them justice, they were not mobbing us then.

    Master Reynard Jane Fielding
  • Opposition to religious equality was signalized by the mobbing of an orderly assembly in Toronto.

    George Brown John Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for mobbing


  1. a riotous or disorderly crowd of people; rabble
  2. (as modifier): mob law, mob violence
(often derogatory) a group or class of people, animals, or things
(Austral & NZ) a flock (of sheep) or a herd (of cattle, esp when droving)
(often derogatory) the masses
(slang) a gang of criminals
verb (transitive) mobs, mobbing, mobbed
to attack in a group resembling a mob
to surround, esp in order to acclaim: they mobbed the film star
to crowd into (a building, plaza, etc)
(of a group of animals of a prey species) to harass (a predator)
See also mobs
Derived Forms
mobber, noun
mobbish, adjective
Word Origin
C17: shortened from Latin mōbile vulgus the fickle populace; see mobile


mobile phone
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Word Origin and History for mobbing



1680s, "disorderly part of the population, rabble," slang shortening of mobile, mobility "common people, populace, rabble" (1670s, probably with a conscious play on nobility), from Latin mobile vulgus "fickle common people" (the phrase attested c.1600 in English), from mobile, neuter of mobilis "fickle, movable, mobile" (see mobile (adj.)). In Australia and New Zealand, used without disparagement for "a crowd." Meaning "gang of criminals working together" is from 1839, originally of thieves or pick-pockets; American English sense of "organized crime in general" is from 1927.

The Mob was not a synonym for the Mafia. It was an alliance of Jews, Italians, and a few Irishmen, some of them brilliant, who organized the supply, and often the production, of liquor during the thirteen years, ten months, and nineteen days of Prohibition. ... Their alliance -- sometimes called the Combination but never the Mafia -- was part of the urgent process of Americanizing crime. [Pete Hamill, "Why Sinatra Matters," 1998]
Mob scene "crowded place" first recorded 1922.


"to attack in a mob," 1709, from mob (n.). Meaning "to form into a mob" is from 1711. Related: Mobbed; mobbing.



"to attack in a mob," 1709, from mob (n.). Meaning "to form into a mob" is from 1711. Related: Mobbed; mobbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mobbing



: mob infiltration/ a mob boss


  1. Any group, gathering, class, etc; bunch: as a member of the ruling mob (1688+)
  2. An underworld grouping; organized-crime family •The older instance refers to ''a number of thieves working together''; the organized-crime sense is found by 1927: a narcotics mob/ the Genovese mob (1839+)



Organized crime; the Mafia; the syndicate: I heard it's controlled by the mob (1927+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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