coasterware

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Etymology[edit]

coaster +‎ -ware, from the jocular notion that the disc containing the software is more useful as a drink coaster.

Noun[edit]

coasterware (uncountable)

  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) Exceptionally low-quality software.
    • 2003, "Europa Universalis: Crown of the North", Computer Gaming World, 1 November 2003:
      From start to finish, it is a poorly conceived, ill-executed, and time-wasting piece of coasterware designed to suck money away from both fans of the much-lauded series and unsuspecting newcomers.

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