Meaning of Heath Robinson in English:

Heath Robinson

Pronunciation /hiːθ ˈrɒbɪns(ə)n/

Translate Heath Robinson into Spanish


  • Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction.

    ‘a vast Heath Robinson mechanism’
    • ‘Standing outside (now with cold feet), watching ‘her’ (as Donald refers to the wheel) crank into action as the sluice gates let in water from the Essett burn, there was a Heath Robinson moment.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democratic Party is a Heath Robinson contraption which defies the Laws of physics.’
    • ‘The organisation has a Heath Robinson scheme involving a trolley on wheels with a grease trap.’
    • ‘There in Brighton is a Heath Robinson contraption that defies the laws of physics.’
    • ‘Mounted on a supermarket trolley is a Heath Robinson device.’


Early 20th century named after W. Heath Robinson (see Robinson, Heath).