- 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
Examples from the Web for mobbed
His is a fanbase so fanatical that even those pretending to be him are mobbed and celebrated.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
September 10, 2014
On its way to the stadium, the team passes through the Grove down the Walk of Champions, mobbed by adoring fans.Ole Miss Football Games Unite a Son and His Aging Father
November 16, 2013
She was mobbed by paparazzi and testifying under oath for the first time.Martha Stewart in the Dock Over Macy’s Lawsuit: ‘I Did My Time!’
March 6, 2013
About an hour into the show, Jason Bateman tried to leave early and was mobbed by fans chanting his name in the parking lot.The Independent Spirit Awards Give the F Word to the Oscars
February 24, 2013
Assad was mobbed by supporters as he tried to leave the room.In Rare Damascus Speech, Assad Acknowledges Suffering
January 6, 2013
We were all but mobbed by the very people who had earlier slighted me.The Lion's Skin
One set of papers says he was mobbed, and the other that he made a hit.Mixed Faces
I looked upon the narrow streets where Garrison was mobbed for my sake.
I don't want to be mobbed when they hear that I have the secret of the star-drive.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
As for Tiny, she may not be mobbed, but she has one man in love with her after another.The Californians
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
- 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 mobbed
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.