Definition of kludgy in US English:


(also cludgy, kludgey)

adjectivekludgier, cludgiest, cludgier, kludgiest

  • Awkwardly or inelegantly made or done.

    ‘you can copy files over a network using slightly kludgy onscreen menus’
    • ‘Kludgy workarounds and dedicated networks for a handful of devices are not sustainable solutions.’
    • ‘That's still a big premium to pay for portability and extra battery life when you can get much more powerful (but heavier and kludgier) laptops for much less.’
    • ‘Back then, Windows 3.1 was a kludgey, moth-eaten curtain hung in front of DOS.’
    • ‘Adobe acknowledged the fix is complicated and somewhat kludgy, but it does get designers back up and running.’
    • ‘It may just be that we're not comfortable with it yet, but the browsing is kind of cludgy.’


1960s: from kludge + -y.