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Rube

[roob]
noun
a male given name, form of Reuben.

Goldberg

[gohld-burg]
noun
1.
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.
2.
Reuben Lucius ("Rube") 1883–1970, U.S. cartoonist, whose work often depicts deviously complex and impractical inventions.
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rube (ruːb)
 
n
slang (US), (Canadian) an unsophisticated countryman
 
[C20: probably from the name Reuben]

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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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Example sentences
Except in the southeastern quadrant of the country, bourbon has been shunned as the drink of the rube and the codger.
The audience broke into indulgent laughter, humoring the rube savant.
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