Rube Goldberg


Rube Gold·​berg ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbərg How to pronounce Rube Goldberg (audio)
variants or less commonly Rube Goldbergian
: accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply
a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption … with five hundred moving partsL. T. Grant
also : characterized by such complex means

Word History


Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Rube Goldberg was in 1928

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“Rube Goldberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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