- 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
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
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 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.