(also cludge) informal
Definition of kludge in English:
1An ill-assorted collection of parts assembled to fulfil a particular purpose.
- 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, especially a clumsy but temporarily effective solution to a particular fault or problem.
- 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.
verb[with object] Back to top
Improvise or put together from an ill-assorted collection of parts: 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.
Definition of kludge in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia