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Circa 1959, MIT Tech Model Railroad Club.[1] Unknown origin; possibly from Cruft Hall, built in 1915 as a gift from a donor named Harriet Otis Cruft.[2] Cruft Hall was the radar laboratory of Harvard's physics department during the Second World War, which contained much old and unused technical equipment. Possibly blend of crust +‎ fluff, both of which may form on old abandoned things, or influenced by crud.



cruft (uncountable)

  1. (computing, slang) Anything old or of inferior quality.
  2. (computing, slang) Redundant, old or improperly written code, especially that which accumulates over time; clutter.
  3. (film, slang) Meaningless and/or gratuitous content displayed on computer consoles in visual entertainment productions.

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cruft (third-person singular simple present crufts, present participle crufting, simple past and past participle crufted)

  1. (computing, slang) To generate cruft. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


  1. ^ Peter Samson, AN ABRIDGED DICTIONARY of the TMRC LANGUAGE June 1959 (with 2005 commentary)
  2. ^ “Bronze Tablet Erected in Cruft Memorial Laboratory”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 26 November 2014