mob

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English, short for mobile, from Latin mōbile (vulgus) (fickle (crowd)). The video-gaming sense originates from English mobile, used by Richard Bartle for objects capable of movement in an early MUD.

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Noun[edit]

mob (plural mobs)

  1. An unruly group of people.
    • Madison
      Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
  2. A commonly used collective noun for animals such as horses or cattle.
  3. The Mafia, or a similar group that engages in organized crime (preceded by the).
    • 1986, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: Under the Desert Stars, Dark Horse Books
      What if it is a mob killing? They can’t hurt me, but…
  4. (video games) A non-player character that exists to be fought or killed to further the progression of the story or game.
  5. (archaic) The lower classes of a community; the rabble.
    • Addison
      A cluster of mob were making themselves merry with their betters.
  6. (Australian Aboriginal) A cohesive group of people.
    • There’s nothing like local knowledge and after thousands of years living here the Noongar mob understand this land better than anyone, so it makes sense for them to tap into the lucrative tourism industry.
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Verb[edit]

mob (third-person singular simple present mobs, present participle mobbing, simple past and past participle mobbed)

  1. (transitive) To crowd around (someone), often with hostility.
    The fans mobbed a well-dressed couple who resembled their idols.
  2. (transitive) To crowd into or around a place.
    The shoppers mobbed the store on the first day of the sale.
  3. (video games) The act of a player aggroing enemies so they follow them and gather, forming a mob of foes.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of mab.

Noun[edit]

mob (plural mobs)

  1. (obsolete) A promiscuous woman; a harlot or wench; a prostitute. [17th-18th c.]
  2. A mob cap.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Goldsmith to this entry?)
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mob (third-person singular simple present mobs, present participle mobbing, simple past and past participle mobbed)

  1. (transitive) To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl.

Etymology 3[edit]

Abbreviation of mobile phone.

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Abbreviation[edit]

mob

  1. mobile phone
Usage notes[edit]
  • This is most often used in signwriting to match with with the other three-letter abbreviations tel (telephone) and fax.

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Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

mob

  1. Imperative of mobbe.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviated form of mobylette.

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mob f (plural mobs)

  1. (colloquial) scooter, moped

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White Hmong[edit]

Verb[edit]

mob

  1. to be ill/sick; to hurt; to be unwell

References[edit]

  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)