- a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.
- a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence.
- any group or collection of persons or things.
- the common people; the masses; populace or multitude.
- a criminal gang, especially one involved in drug trafficking, extortion, etc.
- the Mob, Mafia(def 1).
- Sociology. a group of persons stimulating one another to excitement and losing ordinary rational control over their activity.
- a flock, herd, or drove of animals: a mob of sheep.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a lawless, irrational, disorderly, or riotous crowd: mob rule; mob instincts.
- directed at or reflecting the lowest intellectual level of the common people: mob appeal; the mob mentality.
- to crowd around noisily, as from curiosity or hostility: Spectators mobbed the courtroom.
- to attack in a riotous mob: The crowd mobbed the consulate.
- Fox Hunting. to chop (a fox).
Origin of mob1
- Digital Technology. (in a video game) a hostile nonplayer character that the player may target and fight.
Origin of mob2
- mother of the bride.
Related Wordsclan, 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
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.
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
- often derogatory a group or class of people, animals, or things
- Australian and NZ a flock (of sheep) or a herd (of cattle, esp when droving)
- often derogatory the masses
- slang a gang of criminals
- to attack in a group resembling a mob
- to surround, esp in order to acclaimthey mobbed the film star
- to crowd into (a building, plaza, etc)
- (of a group of animals of a prey species) to harass (a predator)
- mobile phone
Word Origin and History 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.