[ roob ]
/ rub /

noun Informal.

an unsophisticated person from a rural area; hick.

Origin of rube

1895–1900; generic use of Rube; compare earlier use of Reuben in same sense

Definition for rube (2 of 3)


[ roob ]
/ rub /


a male given name, form of Reuben.

Definition for rube (3 of 3)


[ gohld-burg ]
/ ˈgoʊld bɜrg /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rube


/ (ruːb) /


US and Canadian slang an unsophisticated countryman

Word Origin for rube

C20: probably from the name Reuben
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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.

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