- a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation: A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount.
- in disorder; out of control; chaotic: a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
- to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation.
Origin of snafu
Related Words for snafumisunderstanding, miscalculation, blunder, mix-up, foul-up, mess, confusion, flub, screwup, blooper, slip, error, oversight, bungle, misjudgment, goof-up
Examples from the Web for snafu
Contemporary Examples of snafu
SNAFU—“situation normal: all f--ked up,” as soldiers used to say—was the default position for American policy.In Search of the Obama Doctrine
July 26, 2013
So is this snafu an image problem, or is the real problem the reality behind the curtain—a curtain that needed to be pulled back?Let the Military Mouth Off!
July 6, 2010
And you know what snafu stands for: Situation Normal, All Fucked Up.Our Screwed Up Tax System: Fix It
February 6, 2009
Historical Examples of snafu
"We're not giving her a chance to snafu the works," Gotch said grimly.
Everything was in apple-pie order, except for the snafu in Arzachel, Crag thought bitterly.
- confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
- (postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
- (tr) US and Canadian to throw into chaos
Word Origin for snafu
1941, U.S. military slang, acronym for situation normal, all fucked up, "an expression conveying the common soldier's laconic acceptance of the disorder of war and the ineptitude of his superiors" ["Oxford English Dictionary"]. As an adjective from 1942. In public explanations the word typically was euphemised to fouled.