Rube Goldberg

adjective
Rube Gold·berg | \ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbərg \
variants: or less commonly Rube Goldbergian \ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbər-gē-ən, -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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Rube Goldberg

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English Language Learners Definition of Rube Goldberg

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

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