kluge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From US military slang, possibly from German klug (clever), or perhaps from to Dutch Low Saxon klütje ((little) dumpling, clod), Jutland Danish klyt (piece of bad workmanship, klud(g)e); compare and standard Danish kludder (mess, disorder). (Compare klutz.)

Compare kludge.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kluge (plural kluges)

  1. Something that should not work, but does.
  2. A device assembled from components intended for disparate purposes.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Today, kluge and kludge are often used as alternative spellings of the same word, although a distinction in usage can perhaps be detected: in the UK, the connotation of kludge is almost wholly negative (as befits its alleged derivation), while US usage of kluge, following its alleged German derivation, admits some fondness for the cleverness or functionality underlying a working klud(g)e.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (something that should not work but does): kludge

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German[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

kluge

  1. nominative singular masculine of klug
  2. nominative and accusative singular feminine of klug
  3. nominative and accusative singular neuter of klug