Definition of Rube Goldberg in English:

Rube Goldberg

Line breaks: Rube Gold|berg
Pronunciation: /ˌruːb ˈgəʊl(d)bəːg
 
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adjective

North American
  • Ingeniously or unnecessarily complicated in design or construction: a Rube Goldberg machine
    More example sentences
    • Inside his head, there once was a Rube Goldberg contraption designed to help him play golf.
    • Harnessing the energy of some Rube Goldberg perpetual-motion machine, prancing on those fine filly legs like the winner of the strumpet's marathon, Bette uses her body as an inexhaustible source of sight gags.
    • She's not a Rube Goldberg machine, but a perpetual-motion one.

Origin

1950s: from the name of Reuben Goldberg (1883–1970), an American cartoonist whose illustrations often depicted devices with such a complicated design.

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