Adjective "demobbed" definition and examples

(Demobbed may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/diːˈmɒb/

Definitions and examples

verb

Demobilize (troops)
  1. 'Having served all over Europe he was demobbed back to the US in 1946 and stayed there until he returned to Ireland in 1952.'
  2. 'He starts off by saying that he should have been demobbed after 22 years in the Navy, but the Second World War meant that he had to continue his service.'
  3. 'By the time he was demobbed in 1945, he'd risen to be the regimental sergeant major of the Parachute Regiment.'
  4. 'When I think of those days in 1943 when the Women's Auxiliary Air Force was calling girls up at the rate of a thousand a week, it makes me wonder where they all disappeared to after being demobbed.'
  5. 'He said: ‘I'm a Dunkirk veteran and I'd just been demobbed a week when the disaster occurred.’'
  6. 'A lot of people kept coming through, new drafts as well as those being demobbed.'
  7. 'Men were demobbed, but often found their wives and kids had changed while they were away.'
  8. 'It was 56 years to the day since Mrs Wilson was demobbed and she said: ‘It is a beautiful memorial and it has been a wonderful and very moving day.’'
  9. 'Bill had served in the army during the First World War and, after he was demobbed, spent his gratuity on some cabins and some poultry he kept on a three-acre field his mother had left him.'
  10. 'At 18, he joined his seven brothers in the armed forces and five years later they were all demobbed without injury.'

noun

Demobilization.
  1. 'His demob diary, counting down the days until his national service was over, was preserved as a piece of personal history.'
  2. 'The demob suit also gave rise to the phrase ‘the full monty’ after Montague Burton, as some former soldiers were only given a two-piece suit, while others were given a waistcoat as well.'
  3. 'In 1946 he took his demob suit and became lecturer in medicine at the Manchester Medical School.'
  4. 'Following his demob, he landed his first professional job at the Windmill Theatre in London's Soho.'
  5. 'Forty years ago this summer, with the map of the Empire all but rolled up, the last British national servicemen returned to Blighty and swapped their battledress for demob suits.'
  6. 'Before my demob in 1965, I dreamed of settling down in York.'
  7. 'Half a lifetime later and Brian Aldiss remains in Oxford, quite happy to see out his winter years in a leafy suburb of the city he first came to as a feckless war veteran in a demob suit.'
  8. 'Hmmmm… tomorrow I shall mostly be demob happy, as it's a single day back at work before my week off.'
  9. 'After his demob, Mr Harris worked as a plumber and his wife as a machinist.'
  10. 'On demob, he was given a wartime degree and went into the educational world as an administrator, working in many parts of the country until he finished up in charge of education in Keighley.'

More definitions

1. demobilization.

2. a person who has been demobilized. verb (used with object), demobbed, demobbing.

3. to discharge (a person) from the armed forces; demobilize.

More examples(as adjective)

"soldiers can be demobbed."

"people can be demobbed."

Origin

(demob)1920s (following the First World War): abbreviation.