Rube Goldberg

adjective Rube Gold·berg \ ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbərg \
variants: or less commonly Rube Goldbergian play \-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

Origin and Etymology of rube goldberg

Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist


RUBE GOLDBERG Defined for English Language Learners

Rube Goldberg

adjective

Definition of Rube Goldberg for English Language Learners

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


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