\ ˈrüb How to pronounce rube (audio) \

Definition of rube

1 : an awkward unsophisticated person : rustic
2 : a naive or inexperienced person

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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

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The men are rubes, boobs, and boors, except for the one or two good guys who aren’t, and Isabelle will manage to mess those relationships up. Ty Burr,, "‘Let the Sunshine In’ traces a search for romantic salvation," 9 May 2018 Political analysts in the media have access to the same voter data studied by Ms. Currid-Halkett, so why does the simplistic stereotype of left-behind rural rubes battling affluent urban sophisticates prevail? WSJ, "‘Divided America’ Myth Strokes Elite Egos," 1 Jan. 2019 But a lot of the humor is cruel and cynical, for the sake of being cruel and cynical, and even more of it points and laughs at the rubes, provoking them simply to provoke them. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show arrives with a swirl of outrage-driven hype. Don’t believe it.," 15 July 2018 That does not sit well with some, who dismiss Proposition 1 proponents as ignorant rubes and religious zealots. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "On Prop. 1: What we have now is poorly crafted, poorly understood public policy," 17 Mar. 2018 In response to each new medium’s persuasive power, a healthy popular response ridiculing the rubes falling for the spectacle has arisen. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 2018 Craft beer snobs and rubes alike will rejoice at the selection, ranging from basic Chicago standbys to selections from national and international breweries. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Neighborhood guide: What to eat, drink and do in Ravenswood," 12 Apr. 2018 There will be the standard green propaganda photos and videos of the refuge's beautiful southern locales again being passed off to the rubes as the windblown tundra of the barren coastal plain. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "ANWR opening begins a new phase in an old battle," 6 Jan. 2018 More than 40,000 comments later, a number of news outlets picked some of the worst comments and used them to paint all Oregonians as incompetent rubes., "All the rude things people have said about Oregon since the new gas law went into effect," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rube

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rube

Rube, nickname for Reuben

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English Language Learners Definition of rube

US, informal : an uneducated person who is usually from the country

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