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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 The whole thing took on a grifter-and-rube dynamic at the worst moment. Joe Delessio, Curbed, 15 Apr. 2021 Salt was my friend, too, because to undersalt something is to be a rube. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 Maybe some lingering guilt is what causes Lindsay to tell Kim, like a rube, that her parents have banned them from being friends. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 16 Feb. 2021 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,, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 13 Jan. 2020

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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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“Rube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rube

: an uneducated person who is usually from the country


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