from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations.
  • n. A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.
  • n. Astronomy A sudden change in the period of rotation of a neutron star.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A problem affecting function; a bug; an imperfection; a quirk
  • n. A bug or an exploit.
  • n. A genre of experimental electronic music of the 1990s, characterized by a deliberate use of sonic artifacts that would normally be viewed as unwanted noise.
  • v. To experience an intermittent, unexpected, malfunction
  • v. To perform an exploit or recreate a bug while playing a video game.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fault or defect in a system, plan, or machine.
  • n. A brief surge or interruption in the voltage in an electrical circuit or device.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine


Probably from Yiddish glitsh, a slip, lapse, from glitshn, to slip, from Middle High German glitschen, alteration of glīten, to glide, from Old High German glītan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Yiddish גליטש (glitsch), from dialectical German glitschig ("slippy"), from glitsch ("slide, glide, slip") + -ig ("-y"). Related to gleiten ("glide"). (Wiktionary)



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