clus·​ter·​fuck ˈklə-stər-ˌfək How to pronounce clusterfuck (audio)
plural clusterfucks
vulgar slang
: a complex and utterly disordered and mismanaged situation : a muddled mess
Zap is funny. Zap has the hots for your mother, who, even if she weren't too wrapped up in the tragic clusterfuck of her own life to notice, would probably be out of his league anyway.Jonathan Tropper, Everything Changes, 2005
As Luke tuned up, I watched as tourists snapped photos, panhandlers hassled the tourists, and junkies and drunks mixed it up like trained bears in a Russian circus during an earthquake. I realized that soon mine would be the loudest voice in this clusterfuck and that all these people would be staring at me.Robert Wilder, Tales from the Teachers' Lounge, 2007

Word History


earlier, "simultaneous copulation between multiple partners, orgy," from cluster entry 1 + fuck entry 2

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clusterfuck was in 1969

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“Clusterfuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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