Search Result for "cruft":

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

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 of redundant or superseded code. 5.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?.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

cruft crufted (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)