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kludge

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noun \ˈklüj\

Simple Definition of kludge

  • : an awkward or inferior computer system or program that is created quickly to solve a problem

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kludge

  1. :  a system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components

kludgyplay also kludgey \ˈklü-jē, US also & British especially ˈklə-\ adjective

Did You Know?

The first recorded use of the word kludge is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm, who defined the word in a 1962 issue of the magazine Datamation as: "an ill-assorted collection of poorly-matching parts, forming a distressing whole." He further explained that it was derived from the German word klug, meaning "smart" or "witty." Why Granholm included a "d" in his spelling is not known. What we do know is that speakers of American English have agreed to keep it silent, making the vowel pronunciation of kludge reflect the pronunciation of German klug (KLOOK). We can also tell you that not everyone agrees with Granholm on the "d" matter: the spelling "kluge" is also popularly used.

Variants of kludge

or kluge \ˈklüj, US also & British especially ˈkləj; ˈklü-jē\

Origin of kludge

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1962

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