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[glich] /glɪtʃ/ Slang.
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
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Examples from the web for glitches
  • They were all wonderful dogs, but they all had their individual glitches.
  • But if there are too many glitches in a record, requiring too many explanations, the case for promotion will be harder to make.
  • It's true devotion to our profession if you find and fix any small glitches to improve learning for your students.
  • Laughter is also there for all the hitches, glitches, and gaffes that are part of our imperfect existence.
  • Broadly speaking, the resets were related to power glitches in the spacecraft's command and data-handling subsystem.
  • The show was a technical disaster, with murky sound and endless glitches.
  • Despite the glitches and a few bumpy transitions, the piece did not fall apart.
  • There's other glitches where videos become unavailable or comments take a couple of hours to appear.
  • If the spacecraft is turning, you shouldn't be too surprised that there might be tiny glitches in the turn.
  • Naturally, this grand-scale, long-term quest for glitch-free timing has not been entirely free of glitches.
British Dictionary definitions for glitches


a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for glitches



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glitches


  1. An operating defect; malfunction; a disabling minor problem: despite such ''glitches'' (a spaceman's word for irritating disturbances)/ Most had assured themselves that the trouble signal was only a ''glitch'' (1962+ Aerospace)
  2. A sudden interruption of electrical supply, program function, etc: The term ''bug'' to refer to a computer glitch (1980s+ Computer)

[fr German glitschen (or Yiddish glitshen), ''slip'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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