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[klooj] /kludʒ/
noun, Computer Slang.
a software or hardware configuration that, while inelegant, inefficient, clumsy, or patched together, succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task.
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First recorded in 1960-65; expressive coinage Unabridged
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1962, noun and verb, U.S. slang, fanciful coinage by U.S. author Jackson W. Granholm (b.1921). Related: Kludgy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. Aterm of endearment for a favorite computer, esp a somewhat defective one
  2. A computer program that has been revised and tinkered with so much that it will never work
  3. A ludicrous assortment of incompatible and unworkable components: You see this mechanical kluge (contraption), stop, think, and decide to do something

[1962+ Computer; apparently fr German klug, ''clever,'' with an ironic reverse twist]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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