A rabble is a noisy gathering of people. The police might arrive to calm the rabble that crowds the sidewalks after a huge win for the local football team.

You can use the noun rabble for any mob of angry or excited people, whether it's a political gathering or a rowdy celebration. Rabble also means "commoners," but it's a snobby and somewhat offensive way to talk about ordinary folks: "The king preferred to stay inside his castle, far away from the rabble." Originally, rabble meant "pack of animals."

Definitions of rabble
  1. noun
    a disorderly crowd of people
    synonyms: mob, rout
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    lynch mob
    a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority
    type of:
    a large number of things or people considered together
  2. noun
    disparaging terms for the common people
    synonyms: ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff
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    scum, trash
    worthless people
    type of:
    common people, folk, folks
    people in general (often used in the plural)
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