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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
Recent Examples on the Web After decades of being played for a rube by local sports-team owners, and poorly served by its own bungling, groveling politicians, Oakland folks got a win. Scott Ostler,, "Don’t mess with the Town: Oakland’s fans and taxpayers finally get a W," 22 Aug. 2020 Its narrator is Lou Ford, a 29-year-old Texas sheriff who pretends to be a bland and boring rube but ends up committing every murder in the novel. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times," 6 Aug. 2020 Not wanting to be seen as cultural rubes, other pets are also getting in on the animal art gallery trend, including a gecko, a turtle, birds, and a guinea pig. Hilary Shenfeld,, "Quarantined Couple Creates Gallery, Featuring 'Gerbil with a Pearl Earring,' For Their Gerbils," 21 Apr. 2020 By de-scaling our politics from winner-take-all slugfests for control of national institutions such as the presidency and Supreme Court, our resentment of coastal elites or flyover rubes would perhaps dissipate. Sean Beienburg, National Review, "The Lessons in Federalism That Prohibition Taught Us," 13 Dec. 2019 Biden's career has been one long exercise in overlooking obvious facts and pushing horrible, pointless policy to seem Serious and Responsible to the centrist rubes of the Beltway press. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Joe Biden's history of austerity," 13 Jan. 2020 Think hunter-gatherers, Crusaders, shrieking Dothraki hordes, or, more reasonably, Dust Bowl circus carnies, traveling town to town, entertaining (and swindling) the rubes. Charlton Pettus, New York Times, "41 Days, 26 Shows, 10 Countries: A Rock Tour Diary," 16 Oct. 2019 Not being rubes, influencer economy participants know that signing a contract isn't enough to certify continuous truthfulness. Wired, "Fighting Instagram's $1.3 Billion Problem—Fake Followers," 10 Sep. 2019 Krystal's ticket to prosperity, potentially, comes in the form of Founders American Merchandise, or FAM, which amounts to a cultish get-rich-quick scheme that requires a steady supply of fresh rubes to fleece. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Kirsten Dunst shines in quirky 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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5 Sep 2020

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“Rube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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