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kludge

or kluge

[ klooj ]
/ kludʒ /
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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.

Nearby words

klopstock, klopstock, friedrich gottlieb, kluck, kluckhohn, kluckhohn, clyde kay maben, kludge, klug, klumpke's paralysis, klunker, klutz, klutzy

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|Megan McArdle|December 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Kludge did not arise by accident, and it will take something more than mere disapproval to reduce and replace it.

Word Origin and History for kludge

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