A piece of computer hardware or software, or a computer system, that is clumsily designed or improvised from mismatched parts.
Any poorly designed device or system.
Something that should not work, but does.
A device assembled from components intended for disparate purposes.
Other Word Forms
Origin of kluge
- Cf. German Klōß, diminutive Klößchen "clod", Low Saxon klut, klute, Dutch kluit, perhaps related to Low German diminutive klütje "dumpling, clod", Danish Jutland dial. klyt "piece of bad workmanship, kludge", and Standard Danish kludder "mess, disorder". If so, related to klutz.
- There is also speculation that the term was influenced by a particular, old, allegedly complicated printing press paper feeder manufactured by the company of Brandtjen & Kluge.
- U.S. military slang, probably from the German klug (“clever”).