[dee-mob]Chiefly British Informal.
- to discharge (a person) from the armed forces; demobilize.
Origin of demob
First recorded in 1915–20; orig. short for demobilize
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Examples from the Web for demobbed
I was only demobbed yesterday; to-day's my first day out of uniform.The Kingdom Round the Corner
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
Directly I was demobbed, the family started talking about the Land of Opportunity and shot me on to a liner.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
A footman 'e was before the War, but 'e didn't take it up again arter 'e was demobbed.Our Elizabeth
Florence A. Kilpatrick
- short for demobilize
- short for demobilizationSee demobilization
- (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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