mob

A mob is a big, rowdy group of people. You might avoid shopping at the mall right before Christmas because you can't stand the mob of shoppers.

A mob might gather around the piƱata at a big birthday party or cluster in front of a music venue when tickets go on sale for a hugely popular concert. When people join one of these groups, you can also say that they mob, and "the mob" also sometimes refers to organized crime. You might describe the hundreds of people thronging the county fair on Friday night as a "mob scene." The Latin root, mobile vulgus, means "fickle common people."

Primary Meanings of mob

1.
nv
a disorderly crowd of people
press tightly together or cram
2.
n
a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
Full Definitions of mob
1

n a disorderly crowd of people

Synonyms:
rabble, rout
Types:
lynch mob
a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority
Type of:
crowd
a large number of things or people considered together

v press tightly together or cram

Synonyms:
jam, pack, pile, throng
Type of:
crowd, crowd together
to gather together in large numbers
2

n a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

Synonyms:
crime syndicate, family, syndicate
Types:
Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia
a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
Type of:
gangdom, gangland, organized crime
underworld organizations

n an association of criminals

Synonyms:
gang, pack, ring
Types:
nest
a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
youth gang
a gang whose members are teenagers
sleeper nest
a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
Type of:
association
a formal organization of people or groups of people

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