fu·​bar | \ ˈfü-ˌbär How to pronounce fubar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly FUBAR

Definition of fubar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US slang
: thoroughly confused, disordered, damaged or ruined Likewise, if users get completely fubar while filling in the multitudes of fields in all the different pages of your dialog, they may choose the ejector seat and press the Cancel button.— Dave Edson, Microsoft Systems Journal, October 1994 Robby paced from side to side, impatient to move out and investigate what looked to be a FUBAR situation.— David Abrams, Fobbit, 2012 It's not just illegal immigration; the legal kind is fubar, too …— John Derbyshire, National Review, 3 Dec. 2007 For some, this epitomizes that widely held view that the Army—the military in general—usually manages to foul things up in unique ways. (This view has also been immortalized in such wry expressions as SNAFU and FUBAR.)— Patrick P. McCurdy, Chemical Week, 5 Mar. 1986
fu·​bar | \ ˈfü-ˌbär How to pronounce fubar (audio) \
fubared; fubaring; fubars

Definition of fubar (Entry 2 of 2)

US slang
: to break or severely damage (something) : to make a mess of (something) usually used in passive constructions But they did know that ecosystems were especially tiresome when they got fubared, so they protected the environment with the same implacable, plodding … mentality that they applied to designing overpasses and culverts.— Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995I understand the symbolism here, which suggests that if even McDonald's can't make a buck in Iceland, then Iceland's economy is totally fubared.— Andrew Leonard, Salon.com, 27 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of fubar


1944, in the meaning defined above

Transitive verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fubar


fucked up beyond all recognition

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“Fubar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fubar. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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