When a part suddenly stops working on a machine, this is an example of a glitch.
When an obstacle comes up and hinders a planned course of action, this is an example of a glitch.
A computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations.
Origin of glitch
- 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 ghel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Popularized 1960s, by US space program. Attested 1962 by American astronaut John Glenn, in reference to spikes in electrical current.