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Definitions of mobbing



present participle of verb

  1. See mob

mob  (mɒb



    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 (informal) (derogatory), riffraff, canaille (French), commonalty
= gang, company, group, set, lot, troop, crew (informal)
= 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


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