- a defect or malfunction in a machine or plan.
- Computers. any error, malfunction, or problem.Compare .
- 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.
- a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
- a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar
1962, American English, possibly from Yiddish glitsh “a slip,” from glitshn “to slip,” from German glitschen, and related gleiten “to glide” (see ). 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.