Definition of rube
1 : an awkward unsophisticated person : rustic
2 : a naive or inexperienced person
Examples of rube in a sentence
They treated us as if we were a bunch of rubes.
<rural voters were tired of being treated as rubes by state officials, who showed interest in them only at election time>
Origin and Etymology of rube
Rube, nickname for Reuben
First Known Use: 1891
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Definition of rube for English Language Learners
: an uneducated person who is usually from the country
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