rube

noun \ ˈrüb \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of rube

1 : an awkward unsophisticated person : rustic
2 : a naive or inexperienced person

Examples of rube in a Sentence

  1. They treated us as if we were a bunch of rubes.

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of rube

Rube, nickname for Reuben


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Definition of rube for English Language Learners

  • : an uneducated person who is usually from the country


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