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.
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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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Verb[edit]

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]

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mob

  1. Imperative of mobbe.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviated form of mobylette.

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Noun[edit]

mob f (plural mobs)

  1. (colloquial) scooter, moped

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)