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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

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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 How did these shows about rural rubes become such a beloved part of imagined American life in the 1960s and beyond? Sara K. Eskridge, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans love Mayberry," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of rube was in 1891

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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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