Rube Goldberg

Rube Gold·​berg | \ ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbərg How to pronounce Rube Goldberg (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Rube Goldbergian \ ˈrüb-​ˈgōl(d)-​ˌbər-​gē-​ən How to pronounce Rube Goldbergian (audio) , -​ˌbərg-​yən \

Definition of Rube Goldberg

: accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption … with five hundred moving parts— L. T. Grant also : characterized by such complex means

First Known Use of Rube Goldberg

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Rube Goldberg

Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist

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The first known use of Rube Goldberg was in 1928

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“Rube Goldberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Rube Goldberg

US : doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary

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