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.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:country bumpkin
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, chapter 8, in Babbitt, New York, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace and Company, →OCLC:
      "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, Ted Tally, The Silence of the Lambs (motion picture), spoken by Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins):
      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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Czech

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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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Galician

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rube

  1. inflection of rubir:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Latin

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rube

  1. vocative singular of rubus

Middle English

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rube

  1. Alternative form of ruby

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rube

  1. Alternative form of rubben

Ternate

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rube

  1. a water jar

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rube

  1. the plant Pouzolzia zeylanica

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  • Rika Hayami-Allen (2001) A descriptive study of the language of Ternate, the northern Moluccas, Indonesia, University of Pittsburgh