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present participle of verb

  1. See mob

mob (mɒb Pronunciation for mob



    1. a riotous or disorderly crowd of people; rabble
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ mob law, mob violence
  1. (often derogatory) a group or class of people, animals, or things
  2. (Australian & New Zealand) a flock (of sheep) or a herd (of cattle, esp when droving)
  3. (often derogatory) the masses
  4. (slang) a gang of criminals


Word forms:  mobs,  mobbing,  mobbed
  1. to attack in a group resembling a mob
  2. to surround, esp in order to acclaim   ⇒ they mobbed the film star
  3. to crowd into (a building, plaza, etc)
  4. (of a group of animals of a prey species) to harass (a predator)

Derived Forms

ˈmobber noun
ˈmobbish adjective

Word Origin

C17: shortened from Latin mōbile vulgus the fickle populace; see mobile


View thesaurus entry
= masses, rabble, hoi polloi, scum, great unwashed, riffraff, canaille, commonalty
= surround, besiege, overrun, jostle, fall on, set upon, crowd around, swarm around
= crowd into, fill, crowd, pack, jam, cram into, fill to overflowing

Example Sentences Including 'mobbing'

First of all, even discounting the whip, mobbing our jailer won't be particularly successful.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Helicopter shots from Las Vegas showed Jackson's black SUV stuck in traffic on several occasions with well-wishers mobbing the car.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The English archers joined in, mobbing the slower Scots like packs of hounds leaping onto deer.
Bernard Cornwell VAGABOND
There was the mobbing behaviour of gulls, which dive-bomb intruders from all directions to try to protect nesting colonies.
New Scientist (1998)
They can be seen mobbing the airports and sea ports in the days running up to the Twelfth.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
With no Sunday shopping, mobbing Canadian Tire for batteries and duct tape and Home Depot for plywood was not an option.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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