rube

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See also: Rube and Rübe

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Generic use of the name Rube.

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rube (plural rubes)

  1. (US, Canada, informal) A person of rural heritage; a yokel.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, chapter 8, in Babbitt:
      "Same time," said Babbitt, "no sense excusing these rube burgs too easy. Fellow's own fault if he doesn't show the initiative to up and beat it to the city, like we done--did. [] "
    • 1991, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs, written by Ted Tally:
      You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste.
  2. (derogatory) An uninformed, unsophisticated, or unintelligent person.

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rube

  1. vocative singular of rub

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rube

  1. third-person singular present indicative of rubat

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rube

  1. vocative singular of rubus