- 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
- Digital Technology. (in a video game) a hostile nonplayer character that the player may target and fight.
Origin of mob2
Related Wordsclan, throng, horde, riot, crowd, swarm, mass, gang, flock, troop, jostle, gathering, set, cabal, proletariat, cattle, ring, drove, populace, masses
Examples from the Web for mobs
Italian authorities say they have proof they are fighting the mobs.Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 22, 2014
One of the mobs caught Dr. Saptal Singh, beat him unconscious—and presuming him dead—threw his body off a train.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
In response, mobs of Hindus enacted widespread revenge throughout Delhi.Delhi in Crisis: How Corruption Rotted a Great Capital
May 14, 2014
Outside parliament, anyone who challenged the clamour for partition was devoured by the mobs.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Of course, what you have to realize is that until really the postwar era, many New York mobs were multicultural.Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York
September 23, 2013
In masses and mobs they needed kings and rulers but could not choose them.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
He could see her opposing herself to mobs, but he could not see himself doing so.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
More formidable than mobs were the actions of the town meetings and legislatures.The Siege of Boston
You are here by the law that governs the action of all mobs—the law of Force.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
Crowds of cattle, like mobs, are strangely subject to some sudden impulse.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- (usually foll by of) great numbers or quantities; lotsmobs of people
- Australian and NZ a great dealmobs better
- 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 mobs
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.