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or kluge  (klo͞oj)
n. Slang
1. A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.
2. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.

[Probably alteration of mid-20th century American military slang kluge, complex device with a simple function, perhaps of imitative origin or perhaps after the Kluge (paper feeder), a piece of printing equipment first manufactured in 1919 by Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc., and reputedly difficult to repair.]

kludge v.
kludg′y adj.


(ˈklʌdʒɪ) or


adj, kludgier or kludgiest
1. informal awkward or makeshift and poorly designed
2. (Computer Science) informal awkward or makeshift and poorly designed
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