from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang An unsophisticated country person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person of rural heritage; a yokel.
  • n. An uninformed, unsophisticated, or unintelligent person.


Probably from Rube, nickname for Reuben.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Generic use of the name Rube. (Wiktionary)



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