verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.
Origin of mob1
Origin of mob2
Related Words for mobclan, throng, horde, riot, crowd, swarm, mass, gang, flock, troop, jostle, gathering, set, cabal, proletariat, cattle, ring, drove, populace, masses
Examples from the Web for mob
Contemporary Examples of mob
The highest form of political courage is doing the right thing when the mob is against it.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
General Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to the first President Bush, shuffled head-down through the mob.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
Moments later, a mob of about 25 young men burst through the door and unleashed a brutal attack on Singh.
Rather than helping though, policemen were actually complicit in the mob violence.
A man tells of his lucky escape from a mob and finding acceptance in America.
Historical Examples of mob
If they rode down in a mob the boy would no doubt surrender.Way of the Lawless
The mob of London were less compassionate than the sailors had been.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
In like manner did the mob fashion lords and princes, each in its own image.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
I've heard these highbrow chaps talking about the Mob and the Tasteful Few.
I don't want just to be one of a mob of fairly good writers.
- a riotous or disorderly crowd of people; rabble
- (as modifier)mob law; mob violence
verb mobs, mobbing or mobbed (tr)
Word Origin for mob
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.