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
Recent Examples of rube from the Web
The grizzled veterans of investing always have ways of expressing their disdain for the rubes who buy tech stocks at inflated values.
All across the Internet, people were laughing at the apparent rube from Louisiana who didn't even know the definition of leaking.
Any foot-shuffling rube could have slipped inside the place, walked straight into Oregon State's football-operations building -- unannounced -- and stood nose-to-nose with Terry Baker's Heisman Trophy.
Never again will your beautiful holiday photos be mucked up by those unphotogenic rubes.
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Origin and Etymology of rube
Rube, nickname for Reuben
First Known Use: 1891See Words from the same year
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Definition of rube for English Language Learners
: an uneducated person who is usually from the country
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