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.
verb (used with object), sna·fued, sna·fu·ing. Rare.
to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation.
Origin of snafu
1940–45; s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked) u(p); sometimes euphemistically construed as f(ouled) u(p)
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Related Words for snafuedinjured
British Dictionary definitions for snafued
confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
(postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
verb -fus, -fuing or -fued
(tr) US and Canadian to throw into chaos
Word Origin for snafu
C20: from s (ituation) n (ormal): a (ll) f (ucked or ouled) u (p)
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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.
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