\ ˈklüj How to pronounce kludge (audio) \
variants: or kluge \ ˈklüj How to pronounce kludge (audio) , US also and British especially  ˈkləj ; ˈklü-​jē How to pronounce kludge (audio) \

Definition of kludge

: 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

Other Words from kludge

kludgy or less commonly kludgey \ ˈklü-​jē How to pronounce kludge (audio) , 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 disregard it in pronunciation, making the vowel pronunciation of kludge reflective of 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.

Examples of kludge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hybrid schedule exists solely as a kludge and back-formation from the standard six-foot guideline for social distancing. David Zweig, Wired, 6 Aug. 2020 And while there surely is a lot of regulatory kludge (or maybe sludge?) that has developed through the years that could be removed without harm, there’s not much evidence of a systematic effort to do that. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2019 Its eight episodes comprise a centerless, ham-handed kludge of a season, one that keeps beating you over the head with music and ACTING and plot twists to try to convince you everything that’s happening is Important. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, 2 Nov. 2018 And there are various other fourth-best kludges, ways of wedging a de facto price on carbon into markets. David Roberts, Vox, 27 Apr. 2018 Everyone who supports decarbonization would prefer a large and rising carbon price to all these kludges. David Roberts, Vox, 20 Apr. 2018 In Apple’s view, the interference was in consumers’ best interest: a kludge to halt shutdowns caused by outdated lithium-ion electrodes. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2018 Meant to evoke something sporty, like a jet ski, instead of a lumbering Cessna or a tough-to-fly experimental kludge, the plane is supposed to let anyone who can afford the $139,000 price tag become a barnstormer. Carl Hoffman, WIRED, 7 Oct. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of kludge

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kludge

origin unknown

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“Kludge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kludge. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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