[ glich ]
/ glɪtʃ /


a defect or malfunction in a machine or plan.
Computers. any error, malfunction, or problem.Compare bug1(def 5).
a brief or sudden interruption or surge in voltage in an electric circuit.

verb (used with object)

to cause a glitch in: an accident that glitched our plans.

Origin of glitch

1960–65; perhaps < Yiddish glitsh slippery area; compare glitshn, German glitschen to slip, slide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glitch


/ (ɡlɪtʃ) /


a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar

Word Origin for glitch

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for glitch



1962, American English, possibly from Yiddish glitsh "a slip," from glitshn "to slip," from German glitschen, and related gleiten "to glide" (see glide). Perhaps directly from German; it began as technical jargon in the argot of electronic hardware engineers, popularized and given a broader meaning by U.S. space program.

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