[ mob ]
/ mɒb /
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.
verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.
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).
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Origin of mob1
1680–90; short for Latin mōbile vulgus the movable (i.e., changeable, inconstant) common people
OTHER WORDS FROM mob
mob·ber, mob·bist, nounmob·bish, adjectivemob·bish·ly, adverbmob·bish·ness, noun
mob·bism, nounun·mobbed, adjective
Words nearby mob
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Example sentences from the Web for mobber
You'd 'a' got your come-uppance, too, if you'd 'a' been a mobber.The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
There was some firing of guns between them, and a mobber was wounded in the leg.
They brought him to a justice of the peace to have papers made out for the mobber's arrest.
British Dictionary definitions for mobber (1 of 2)
/ (mɒb) /
- 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
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 forms of mobmobber, nounmobbish, adjective
Word Origin for mob
C17: shortened from Latin mōbile vulgus the fickle populace; see mobile
British Dictionary definitions for mobber (2 of 2)
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