- a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women.
Origin of mobcap
Examples from the Web for mob-cap
Or safe in a married state you might wear a mob-cap in to breakfast.
A Mob-Cap was once upon a time a picturesque finish to a pretty face, and it was of home-manufacture.
My pretty neighbor below, who is immaculate when I meet her on the stairs, was in her mob-cap.
Phdre had a gown la Mary Stuart, a mob-cap, and was covered with mouches to the end of her nose.Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)
Charles Paul de Kock
Mr. Pickwick had a father, a grandfather; a mother in a mob-cap; in the eighteenth century.Mrs. Warren's Daughter
Sir Harry Johnston
- a woman's large cotton cap with a pouched crown and usually a frill, worn esp during the 18th centuryOften shortened to: mob
Word Origin and History for mob-cap
a type of woman's indoor cap, 1795 (as simply mob, 1748), from cap (n.) + obsolete mob (n.) "negligent attire" (1660s), earlier "a strumpet" (earlier form mab, 1550s), related to obsolete verb mob "to tousle the hair, to dress untidily" (1660s), and perhaps ultimately from mop, but influenced by Mab as a female name. Dutch has a similar compound, mopmuts, but the relationship between it and the English word is uncertain.