Definition of rube in US English:



North American
  • A country bumpkin.

    as modifier ‘quintessentially rube names’
    • ‘Everyone suffers agonies of mortification that he'll seem a trailer-trash rube if he says out loud the plain truth that the modernist emperor has no clothes.’
    • ‘The council often seems to think that New Yorkers are unsophisticated rubes, continually fleeced by crafty and unethical businesses.’
    • ‘First they said that only ignorant rubes doubted Darwin.’
    • ‘He initially doesn't have violence inside himself so much as ill will for the rubes he fleeces.’
    • ‘A week later, two rubes from Wyoming had somehow managed to become certified Nordic instructors.’
    • ‘It's just not as simple as it used to be to round up the rubes and tell them what they believe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if they felt like rubes, they'd pretend otherwise, behind a screen of smart remarks.’
    • ‘They went to war to wow the rubes and armchair patriots.’
    • ‘Megan and I decided beforehand that we'd play the part of two uneducated rubes looking for more information.’
    • ‘The argument is that big institutions can't get bamboozled by hype the way the rest of us rubes can.’
    • ‘You uncultured rubes probably think that having a vast army of servants slavishly waiting on you hand and foot is some great luxury.’
    • ‘You know, in today's business, everything is so cookie cutter and so formulaic, for a rube like Billy to hit like he has is a great thing.’
    • ‘Or maybe I like hearing about a good con that separates the rubes from their money.’
    • ‘I get to talk to a couple of rubes like you.’
    • ‘We just knew you prudish rubes would be upset and it would sell papers (which is, after all, the point of this business)!’
    • ‘North Dakota might be a rural state, but the people aren't rubes.’
    • ‘We have to enjoy every chance we can get to ridicule rubes from the South / Southwest.’
    • ‘The New York of her books is the one of legend: where a small-town rube goes to cast his or her lot against the forces of good fortune and hard luck, and there's no telling which you'll end up with.’
    • ‘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.’
    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
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Late 19th century: abbreviation of the given name Reuben.