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, (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, mobbing.
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).
(often derogatory) a group or class of people, animals, or things
(Austral & NZ) a flock (of sheep) or a herd (of cattle, esp when droving)
(often derogatory) the masses
(slang) a gang of criminals
verb (transitive) mobs, mobbing, mobbed
to attack in a group resembling a mob
to surround, esp in order to acclaim: they mobbed the film star
to crowd into (a building, plaza, etc)
(of a group of animals of a prey species) to harass (a predator)
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.
: mob infiltration/ a mob boss
Organized crime; the Mafia; the syndicate: I heard it’s controlled by the mob (1927+)
medical office building
mother of the bride
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/ˈmɒbˌkæst/ noun 1. verb 2. (transitive) to contribute (a podcast) to such a collection using a mobile phone
/məʊb/ noun 1. (informal) a mobile phone noun a mobile telephone Word Origin short for mobile Usage Note informal