mob

[17] Mob is famous as one of the then new ‘slang’ abbreviations against which Joseph Addison and Jonathan Swift inveighed at the beginning of the 18th century (others included pozz for positively and rep for reputation). Mob was short for mobile, which itself was a truncated form of mobile vulgus, a Latin phrase meaning ‘fickle crowd’. Latin mōbilis ‘movable’, hence metaphorically ‘fickle’ (source of English mobile [15]), came from the base of the verb movēre ‘move’ (source of English move). => MOBILE, MOVE
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   The word is a 17th-century shortening of mobile, itself representing Latin mobile vulgus, 'the fickle crowd,' a phrase found in classical authors. The original sense of mob was 'the common people,' 'the rabble,' regarded in Roman times as capable of changing its allegiance at any time.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Mob — Mob, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mobbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mobbing}.] To crowd about, as a mob, and attack or annoy; as, to mob a house or a person. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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