kludge

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noun \ˈklüj\
variants: or

kluge

\ˈklüj, US also and British especially ˈkləj; ˈklü-jē\

Definition of kludge

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

kludgy

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kludgey

\ˈklü-jē, US also and British especially ˈklə-\ adjective

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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.

Origin and Etymology of kludge

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1962

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KLUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

kludge

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noun \ˈklüj\

Definition of kludge for English Language Learners

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



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