Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “malfunction”


noun [C]     /ˌmælˈfʌŋk.ʃən/ formal
a failure to work or operate correctly: Shortly before the crash the pilot had reported a malfunction of the aircraft's navigation system.Faults and mistakesNot functioning
(Definition of malfunction noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of malfunction

More definitions for “malfunction”

Definitions of “malfunction” in other dictionaries

Translations of “malfunction”

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More