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 piñata 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."

Definitions of mob
  1. noun
    a disorderly crowd of people
    synonyms: rabble, rout
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    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
  2. verb
    press tightly together or cram
    synonyms: jam, pack, pile, throng
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    type of:
    crowd, crowd together
    to gather together in large numbers
  3. noun
    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
    synonyms: crime syndicate, family, syndicate
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    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
  4. noun
    an association of criminals
    synonyms: gang, pack, ring
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    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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