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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How to use kludge in a sentence
Proof of work was a clever kludge—it wasn’t perfect, but it worked well enough.Why Ethereum is switching to proof of stake and how it will work | Amy Castor | March 4, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
The sous vide required a vacuum sealer (you can kludge it with plastic bags and a straw, but I am not that dedicated).
kludge did not arise by accident, and it will take something more than mere disapproval to reduce and replace it.