One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A country bumpkin.
bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarianView synonyms
- ‘You uncultured rubes probably think that having a vast army of servants slavishly waiting on you hand and foot is some great luxury.’
- ‘He initially doesn't have violence inside himself so much as ill will for the rubes he fleeces.’
- ‘I get to talk to a couple of rubes like you.’
- ‘We have to enjoy every chance we can get to ridicule rubes from the South / Southwest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Megan and I decided beforehand that we'd play the part of two uneducated rubes looking for more information.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Or maybe I like hearing about a good con that separates the rubes from their money.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They went to war to wow the rubes and armchair patriots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even if they felt like rubes, they'd pretend otherwise, behind a screen of smart remarks.’
- ‘The argument is that big institutions can't get bamboozled by hype the way the rest of us rubes can.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of the given name Reuben.
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