- 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
- 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 and History for snafued
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.