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.

Nearby words

  1. klopstock,
  2. klopstock, friedrich gottlieb,
  3. kluck,
  4. kluckhohn,
  5. kluckhohn, clyde kay maben,
  6. klug,
  7. klumpke's paralysis,
  8. klunker,
  9. klutz,
  10. klutzy

Origin of kludge

First recorded in 1960–65; expressive coinage

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Word Origin and History for kluge


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

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