\ ˈrüb \

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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There’s no guarantee that Trump will follow through, but Blagojevich has good reason to think his courtship of the president might work: Trump is the world’s most powerful rube, and everyone knows it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The World’s Most Powerful Rube," 4 June 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 Pac-Man Battle Casino adds the potential for a classic-gaming hustler to lure in unsuspecting rubes with fake humility before unleashing their skills on a big bet. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "New casino game lets you bet real money on Pac-Man," 28 Sep. 2017 Birdy is the straw stirring this drink, in ways that frequently reduce her to a caricature as an impossibly naïve and frequently narrow-minded rube. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three women try to find common ground in Boulevard Theatre's comedy 'Small Things'," 22 Sep. 2017 Some are charlatans soaking the rubes for a few drachmas. David Sturm, Columbia Flier, "Science does battle with sorcery at Venus Theater," 15 Sep. 2017

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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

: an uneducated person who is usually from the country

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