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Webster 1913 Edition


Mob

Mob

,
Noun.
[See
Mobcap
.]
A mobcap.
Goldsmith.

Mob

,
Verb.
T.
To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl.
[R.]

Mob

,
Noun.
[L.
mobile vulgus
, the movable common people. See
Mobile
,
Noun.
]
1.
The lower classes of a community; the populace, or the lowest part of it.
A cluster of
mob
were making themselves merry with their betters.
Addison.
2.
Hence:
A throng; a rabble; esp., an unlawful or riotous assembly; a disorderly crowd.
The
mob
of gentlemen who wrote with ease.
Pope.
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a
mob
.
Madison.
Confused by brainless
mobs
.
Tennyson.
Mob law
,
law administered by the mob; lynch law.
Swell mob
,
well dressed thieves and swindlers, regarded collectively.
[Slang]
Dickens.

Mob

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Mobbed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Mobbing
.]
To crowd about, as a mob, and attack or annoy;
as, to
mob
a house or a person
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mob

MOB

,
Noun.
[from L. mobilis, movable, variable.]
1.
A crowd or promiscuous multitude of people, rude, tumultuous and disorderly.
2.
A disorderly assembly.
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
3.
A huddled dress.

MOB

,
Verb.
T.
To attack in a disorderly crowd; to harass tumultuously.
1.
To wrap up in a cowl or vail.

Definition 2022


Mob

Mob

See also: mob, MOB, and -mob

German

Noun

Mob m (genitive Mobs, plural Mobs)

  1. mob (unruly group of people)

mob

mob

See also: MOB, Mob, and -mob

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: mŏb, IPA(key): /mɒb/
  • (US) enPR: mŏb, IPA(key): /mɑb/
  • Rhymes: -ɒb

Noun

mob (plural mobs)

  1. An unruly group of people.
    • James Madison, Jr. (1751-1836)
      Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
  2. A commonly used collective noun for animals such as horses or cattle.
  3. The Mafia, or a similar group that engages in organized crime (preceded by the).
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
    • 1986, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: Under the Desert Stars, Dark Horse Books
      What if it is a mob killing? They can’t hurt me, but 
  4. (video games) A non-player character that exists to be fought or killed to further the progression of the story or game.
    • 2002, "Wolfie", Re: Whoa - massive changes due in next patch (on newsgroup alt.games.everquest)
      You can't win with small, balanced groups. You have to zerg the mob with a high number of players.
  5. (archaic) The lower classes of a community; the rabble.
    • Joseph Addison (1672–1719)
      A cluster of mob were making themselves merry with their betters.
  6. (Australian Aboriginal) A cohesive group of people.
    • 2011 March 10, Allan Clarke, W.A. through Noongar eyes
      There’s nothing like local knowledge and after thousands of years living here the Noongar mob understand this land better than anyone, so it makes sense for them to tap into the lucrative tourism industry.
Derived terms
Synonyms
Translations

Verb

mob (third-person singular simple present mobs, present participle mobbing, simple past and past participle mobbed)

  1. (transitive) To crowd around (someone), often with hostility.
    The fans mobbed a well-dressed couple who resembled their idols.
  2. (transitive) To crowd into or around a place.
    The shoppers mobbed the store on the first day of the sale.
  3. (video games) The act of a player aggroing enemies so they follow them and gather, forming a mob of foes. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
Translations

Etymology 2

Alteration of mab.

Noun

mob (plural mobs)

  1. (obsolete) A promiscuous woman; a harlot or wench; a prostitute. [17th-18th c.]
  2. A mob cap.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Goldsmith to this entry?)
Derived terms

Verb

mob (third-person singular simple present mobs, present participle mobbing, simple past and past participle mobbed)

  1. (transitive) To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl.

Etymology 3

Abbreviation of mobile phone.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɒb/

Abbreviation

mob

  1. mobile phone
Usage notes
  • This is most often used in signwriting to match with the other three-letter abbreviations tel (telephone) and fax (facsimile).

Anagrams


Danish

Verb

mob

  1. imperative of mobbe

French

Etymology

Abbreviated form of mobylette.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɔb/

Noun

mob f (plural mobs)

  1. (colloquial) scooter, moped

White Hmong

Verb

mob

  1. to be ill/sick; to hurt; to be unwell

References

  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)