- an unsophisticated person from a rural area; hick.
Origin of rube
- a male given name, form of Reuben.
- Arthur Joseph,1908–90, U.S. jurist, statesman, and diplomat: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962–65; ambassador to the U.N. 1965–68.
- Reuben LuciusRube, 1883–1970, U.S. cartoonist, whose work often depicts deviously complex and impractical inventions.
Examples from the Web for rube
Contemporary Examples of rube
A lazy off-season afternoon in Palmer's house is like being trapped in a Rube Goldberg cartoon.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Rube Goldberg legislation is most dangerous when you do not have buy-in from the public and the opposition party.The Rube Goldberg Policy Machine
October 2, 2012
Such Rube Goldberg–like coincidences will not prevail against the Syria-Iran axis.John Bolton Argues the U.S. Has the Wrong President for a Syrian Intervention
November 17, 2011
Historical Examples of rube
I wonder if Rube's first wife's mother has come from Moderation?The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Albert's private appraisal of "Issy" was that the latter was another funny Rube.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But Penrhyn could borrow a rube outfit and escape from a farm.Torchy and Vee
He knew how to pin a Rube against the Wall and make him say "Yes."Ade's Fables
"Daddy gived me to Uncle Rube," was her only explanation of her being there.Labrador Days
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
- US and Canadian slang an unsophisticated countryman
Word Origin for rube
Word Origin and History for rube
1896, reub, from shortened form of masc. proper name Reuben (q.v.), which is attested from 1804 as a conventional type of name for a country man.