verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.
Origin of mob1
Origin of mob2
Examples from the Web for mob
The highest form of political courage is doing the right thing when the mob is against it.
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|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
"Better stay here, and not go wanderin' off into that mob," remonstrated Shorty.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)|John McElroy
If they are afraid to let the boys come nearer than hailing distance, what'll be done when the mob get here?Down the Slope|James Otis
The day he went to the Tower, the mob lit bonfires and danced round them for joy.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
Whether this is a Government of law, or whether there shall be an appeal from the Supreme Court to a mob.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
That committee did go there, and went into the midst of the mob, and did appeal to them.
- 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.