verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.
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|Michael Moynihan|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Stuart Stevens|November 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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!’|Lloyd Grove|March 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Ramin Setoodeh|February 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Assad was mobbed by supporters as he tried to leave the room.In Rare Damascus Speech, Assad Acknowledges Suffering|Mike Giglio|January 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The poor fellow was mobbed by the infuriated workmen who saw that their labor was apparently to be taken from them by machinery.
They were more than once mobbed and their meetings broken up by rowdies.
Even so, you would but have been mobbed for your incorrigible beauty.Zuleika Dobson|Max Beerbohm
Mr. Guthrie, it seems, was unpopular at Stirling, and was once mobbed there.Cock Lane and Common-Sense|Andrew Lang
If he had ventured into Sootythorn, he would have been mobbed and pelted, or perhaps lynched.Wenderholme|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
- 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.