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[dee-mob]Chiefly British Informal.
  1. demobilization.
  2. a person who has been demobilized.
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verb (used with object), de·mobbed, de·mob·bing.
  1. to discharge (a person) from the armed forces; demobilize.
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Origin of demob

First recorded in 1915–20; orig. short for demobilize
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Examples from the Web for demobbed

Historical Examples

  • I was only demobbed yesterday; to-day's my first day out of uniform.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner

    Coningsby Dawson

  • So spake the brave young subaltern, knowing full well that he is to be demobbed to-day.

  • He had to go back to China, directly he was demobbed, and hasn't had a holiday since the war.

    The Hall and the Grange

    Archibald Marshall

  • Directly I was demobbed, the family started talking about the Land of Opportunity and shot me on to a liner.

  • A footman 'e was before the War, but 'e didn't take it up again arter 'e was demobbed.

    Our Elizabeth

    Florence A. Kilpatrick

British Dictionary definitions for demobbed


verb -mobs, -mobbing or -mobbed
  1. short for demobilize
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    1. short for demobilizationSee demobilization
    2. (as modifier)a demob suit
  1. 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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