What does kludge mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word kludge.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kludge(noun)

    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)


  1. kludge(Noun)

    an improvised device, usually crudely constructed. Typically used to test the validity of a principle before doing a finished design.

  2. kludge(Noun)

    any construction or practice, typically inelegant, designed to solve a problem temporarily or expediently.

  3. kludge(Noun)

    an amalgamated mass of totally unrelated parts forming a distressing whole [from the Datamation article mentioned in the Usage Note below].

  4. kludge(Verb)

    to build or use a kludge

  5. 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


  1. Kludge

    A kludge is a workaround, a quick-and-dirty solution, a clumsy, inelegant, difficult to extend, hard to maintain yet effective and quick solution to a problem, and a rough synonym to the terms "jury rig" or "Jugaad". This term is used in diverse fields such as computer science, aerospace engineering, internet slang, and evolutionary neuroscience.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. kludge

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kludge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kludge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marvin Minsky:

    I bet the human brain is a kludge.

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