[dee-mob]Chiefly British Informal.


a person who has been demobilized.

verb (used with object), de·mobbed, de·mob·bing.

to discharge (a person) from the armed forces; demobilize.

Origin of demob

First recorded in 1915–20; orig. short for demobilize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb -mobs, -mobbing or -mobbed

short for demobilize


  1. short for demobilizationSee demobilization
  2. (as modifier)a demob suit
a soldier who has been demobilized
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Word Origin and History for demobbed



1920, short for demobilize. Originally in reference to World War I troops returning to civilian life. Related: Demobbed.

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