- 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.
- to cause a glitch in: an accident that glitched our plans.
Origin of glitch
Related Words for glitchmalfunction, flaw, defect, snafu, snag, mishap, setback, problem, hitch, bug, misfire
Examples from the Web for glitch
Contemporary Examples of glitch
That would require the rocket to run for 55 to 60 seconds without a glitch.Can Anyone Make Space Safe for Civilians?
November 4, 2014
But a glitch has the video stuck in permaload mode and my patience is running thin after that strenuous hour of “math”.I Took The One ‘Hour Of Code’ Challenge
December 12, 2013
The second glitch came a few hours after that, when some of the cables used to pull the ship upright started to slack.The Raising of the Concordia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 17, 2013
The dynamic played out, but unfortunately for Idol, there was a glitch.‘American Idol’ Sucks This Season: Here’s Seven Reasons Why
April 4, 2013
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the incident a “glitch.”Diplomacy Fail in Cairo as the US and Egypt Clash Via Twitter
April 3, 2013
- a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
- a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar
Word Origin for glitch
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.