Definition of kludge in English:

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Pronunciation: /klo͞oj/
(also kluge, cludge) informal


1An ill-assorted collection of parts assembled to fulfill a particular purpose.
Example sentences
  • On the corner of Eversholt Street and Euston is a St Pancras New Church, a neo-classical kludge which at the time of its construction in 1822 was the most expensive church building since St Paul's.
  • The vertebrate eye does very well indeed, but it is a kludge.
  • It wouldn't have been perfect, but it almost certainly would have been better than the kludge we're ending up with.
1.1 Computing A machine, system, or program that has been badly put together.
Example sentences
  • Google has struggled to maintain the integrity of its search results ever since, with recent kludges blocking millions of results.
  • I speak as someone who's written code to do this, by the way - it always smelled like a kludge to me, and now I understand why.
  • And it's hard to imagine any IS department tolerating kludges such as this.


[with object]
Use ill-assorted parts to make (something): Hugh had to kludge something together
More example sentences
  • The original network - I'm sure our technologists wouldn't like this - but it was kludged together through landlines
  • I initially coded the blog's template by kludging together a lot of stuff without really knowing what I was doing.
  • One can add a middle initial, but this is just kludging it.


1960s (originally US): invented word, perhaps symbolic. Compare with fudge.

Words that rhyme with kludge

huge, luge, scrooge, smoodge, stooge

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Syllabification: kludge

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