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Probably from Yiddish ????? (glitsh), from dialectal German glitschig (“slippy”), from glitsch (“slide, glide, slip”) + -ig (“-y”). Related to gleiten (“glide”). Cognate with French glisser (“to slip, to slide, to skid”).
Popularized 1960s, by US space program. Attested 1962 by American astronaut John Glenn, in reference to spikes in electrical current.
glitch (plural glitches)
- A problem affecting function
- (video games) A bug or an exploit.
- (music) A genre of experimental electronic music since the 1990s, characterized by a deliberate use of sonic artifacts that would normally be viewed as unwanted noise.
- (engineering) A signal that does not remain active for a full clock period.