cruft

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Cruft (krʌft)
 
n
Charles. 1852--1938, British dog breeder, who organized the first (1886) of the annual dog shows known as Cruft's

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cruft

/kruhft/ [very common; back-formation from crufty]
1. n. An unpleasant substance. The dust that gathers under your bed is cruft; the TMRC Dictionary correctly noted that attacking it with a broom only produces more.
2. n. The results of shoddy construction.
3. vt. [from `hand cruft', pun on `hand craft'] To write assembler code for something normally (and better) done by a compiler (see hand-hacking).
4. n. Excess; superfluous junk; used esp. of redundant or superseded code.
5. [University of Wisconsin] n. Cruft is to hackers as gaggle is to geese; that is, at UW one properly says "a cruft of hackers".
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cruft definition

jargon
(back-formation from "crufty") Anything unpleasant that accumulates over time. Also used as a verb, as in cruft together, hand cruft.
[Jargon File]
(2006-01-19)

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