verb (used with object), mobbed, mob·bing.
Origin of mob1
Related Words for mobbingswarm, jostle, throng, crowd, riot, attack, jam, cram, fill, hustle, overrun, pack
Examples from the Web for mobbing
Contemporary Examples of mobbing
By the time she reached the parking lot, “people were just mobbing out of the mall.”Gunman Kills Two People and Himself in Shooting at Oregon Mall
December 12, 2012
Historical Examples of mobbing
Instead of mobbing her every man in the place started to laugh.Lalage's Lovers
George A. Birmingham
I let my porch be used for meeting and mobbing, as you might say.When Egypt Went Broke
There is no violence, no shooting or mobbing—only passive resistance.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
He whipped the brute so thoroughly that it put an end to the mobbing in Honolulu.Memoirs of John R. Young
I never heard any more talk of mobbing in that neighborhood.Scraps of Biography
- 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.