kludge

noun \ ˈklüj \
variants: or kluge play \ˈklüj, US also and British especially ˈkləj; ˈklü-jē\
Updated on: 5 May 2018
: a haphazard or makeshift solution to a problem and especially to a computer or programming problem
  • Just getting your documents into and out of the iPad is a kludge. You must e-mail them back and forth to yourself or sync to your computer using iTunes software.
  • —Steve Morgenstern

kludgy

or less commonly kludgey play \ˈklü-jē, US also and British especially ˈklə-\ adjective

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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.

Origin and Etymology of kludge

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KLUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

kludge

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



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