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

n a disorderly crowd of people

mob, rout
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

n disparaging terms for the common people

ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff
scum, trash
worthless people
Type of:
common people, folk, folks
people in general (often used in the plural)

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.