Definitions for kludgekludʒ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an inelegant but successful solution to a problem in computer hardware or software.
Origin of kludge:
a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together)
an improvised device, usually crudely constructed. Typically used to test the validity of a principle before doing a finished design.
any construction or practice, typically inelegant, designed to solve a problem temporarily or expediently.
an amalgamated mass of totally unrelated parts forming a distressing whole [from the Datamation article mentioned in the Usage Note below].
to build or use a kludge
Origin: Perhaps from British military slang, possibly based on Scots word kludge or kludgie or from the German klug; possibly related to Polish and Russian klucz
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. /kluhj/ n. Incorrect (though regrettably common) spelling of kluge (US). These two words have been confused in American usage since the early 1960s, and widely confounded in Great Britain since the end of World War II. 2. [TMRC] A crock that works. (A long-ago Datamation article by Jackson Granholme similarly said: “An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.”) 3. v. To use a kludge to get around a problem. “I've kludged around it for now, but I'll fix it up properly later.”This word appears to have derived from Scots kludge or kludgie for a common toilet, via British military slang. It apparently became confused with U.S. kluge during or after World War II; some Britons from that era use both words in definably different ways, but kluge is now uncommon in Great Britain. ‘Kludge’ in Commonwealth hackish differs in meaning from ‘kluge’ in that it lacks the positive senses; a kludge is something no Commonwealth hacker wants to be associated too closely with. Also, ‘kludge’ is more widely known in British mainstream slang than ‘kluge’ is in the U.S.