Definition of cruft in English:

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Pronunciation: /krʌft/


[mass noun] Computing , informal
Badly designed, unnecessarily complicated, or unwanted code or software: this removes all unnecessary cruft from Word documents saved as HTML
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  • Chances are, files not accessed during the past five years are either historical archives or cruft.
  • So the more cruft there is in an interface, the more difficult it will be to use.
  • This allows you to get very specific with your searches and weed out a lot of the cruft that can get in the way of good results.


1950s (in the sense 'rubbish, detritus'): origin unknown.

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