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.

verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.

Nearby words

  1. moabite stone,
  2. moabitic,
  3. moai,
  4. moan,
  5. moat,
  6. mob-cap,
  7. mob-handed,
  8. moba,
  9. mobcap,
  10. mobcast

Origin of mob

1680–90; short for Latin mōbile vulgus the movable (i.e., changeable, inconstant) common people

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mobbed

British Dictionary definitions for mobbed



  1. a riotous or disorderly crowd of people; rabble
  2. (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

verb mobs, mobbing or mobbed (tr)

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)
See also mobs

Derived Formsmobber, nounmobbish, adjective

Word Origin for mob

C17: shortened from Latin mōbile vulgus the fickle populace; see mobile


abbreviation for

mobile phone
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Word Origin and History for mobbed
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