or kluge


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.

Origin of kludge

First recorded in 1960–65; expressive coinage
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Examples from the Web for kludge

Contemporary Examples of kludge

  • The sous vide required a vacuum sealer (you can kludge it with plastic bags and a straw, but I am not that dedicated).

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    The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide

    Megan McArdle

    December 13, 2012

  • Kludge did not arise by accident, and it will take something more than mere disapproval to reduce and replace it.

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    America's Kludgeocracy Democracy

    David Frum

    December 11, 2012

Word Origin and History for kludge

1962, noun and verb, U.S. slang, fanciful coinage by U.S. author Jackson W. Granholm (b.1921). Related: Kludgy.

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