mob-cap (n.) a type of woman's indoor cap, 1795 (as simply mob, 1748), from CAP (Cf. cap) (n.) + obsolete mob (n.) "negligent attire" (1660s), earlier "a strumpet" (earlier form mab, 1550s), related to obsolete verb mob "to tousle the hair, to dress untidily" (1660s), and perhaps ultimately from MOP (Cf. mop), but influenced by Mab as a female name. Dutch has a similar compound, mopmuts, but the relationship between it and the English word is uncertain.

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