snafu

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/snæˈfuː/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(sna fo̅o̅, snafo̅o̅)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sna•fu  (sna fo̅o̅, snafo̅o̅),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  -fued, -fu•ing. 
n. 
  1. a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation.

adj. 
  1. in disorder;
    out of control;
    chaotic.

v.t. 
  1. to throw into disorder;
    muddle.
  • 1940–45; s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked) u(p); sometimes euphemistically construed as f(ouled) u(p)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
snafu /snæˈfuː/ slang chiefly n
  1. confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
adj
  1. (postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
vb ( -fus, -fuing, -fued)
  1. (transitive) US Canadian to throw into chaos
Etymology: 20th Century: from s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked or ouled) u(p)
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