- 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
The sous vide required a vacuum sealer (you can kludge it with plastic bags and a straw, but I am not that dedicated).The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
Kludge did not arise by accident, and it will take something more than mere disapproval to reduce and replace it.America's Kludgeocracy Democracy
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper