Definition of rube in English:


Line breaks: rube
Pronunciation: /ruːb


North American informal
A country bumpkin: [as modifier]: quintessentially rube names
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  • It's all about retailing efficiency, they tell us, as though we are gullible rubes who don't know that computers mean fewer retail clerks, more technological glitches, and much consumer frustration.
  • In his self-satisfied sense of superiority, it never even occurred to him that he might have been addressing one of those ignorant rubes who voted for him.
  • It's just not as simple as it used to be to round up the rubes and tell them what they believe.


late 19th century: abbreviation of the given name Reuben.

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