screwup

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noun

screw·​up ˈskrü-ˌəp How to pronounce screwup (audio)
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: one who screws up
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screw up

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verb

screwed up; screwing up; screws up

transitive verb

1
: to tighten, fasten, or lock by or as if by a screw
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b
: to cause to act or function in an erratic or confused way : confound, disturb

intransitive verb

: to botch an activity or undertaking

Examples of screwup in a Sentence

Noun That was a major screwup. She's a screwup who can't hold down a job. Verb we all screw up from time to time, so don't sweat it you've totally screwed up the spreadsheet
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Iowa caucus has also had its share of screwups. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 16 Jan. 2024 Has its boss lost his job for what seems to be a massive screwup? Steven Levy, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024 Moss-Bachrach, 46, has emerged a fan favorite as Richie, the lovable screwup cousin who ascended to become the manager of the show's namesake restaurant on season 2 of The Bear . Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Related: After sickle-cell screwups, Bluebird Bio’s only option might be a company sale The need to stay at home, isolated, creates a barrier for many people interested in getting Zynteglo or the sickle cell gene therapies. Brittany Trang, STAT, 13 Dec. 2023 Another one of these screwups, and he’ll be put on probation. Paul Auster, Harper's Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 This is another screwup by Fortress since being candid about when a breach occurs is another thing companies that take security seriously are supposed to do. Byjeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 12 Sep. 2023 How did the chicken chain manage to stay beloved despite the order screwups? Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 17 June 2023 In a screwup, the phosphorus exploded not over the target but over the men. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021
Verb
The playwright Jenkins is also most concerned with the Lafayette family dynamic, and a family that screwed up is rife for comedy. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 19 Dec. 2023 Simple, straightforward, kind of impossible to screw up. David Pierce, The Verge, 7 Jan. 2024 Jo Koy hosts, and a bunch of films that have the potential to really screw up my Vulture Movie Fantasy League are among the nominees. James Grebey, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2024 This woman has screwed up my life three ways to Sunday. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 29 Nov. 2023 The video makes clear that there are a number of ways to screw up. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Ronnie Raygun sure enjoyed rubbing Carter's nose in the dirt when the US Army Special Forces, not Carter personally, screwed up the hostage rescue mission. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 The reporter joked that the officer’s coworkers would likely be giving their colleague a hard time about the screw up. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2023 They are allowed to falter, screw up and fail, even when everyone is watching, without the world expressing utter shock or taking from that failure some larger message about what women are able to do. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of screwup was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Screwup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screwup. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

screwup

1 of 2 noun
screw·​up ˈskrü-ˌəp How to pronounce screwup (audio)
1
: one who screws up
2

screw up

2 of 2 verb
1
: to tighten, fasten, or lock by or as if by a screw
2
b
: to cause to act in a crazy or confused way
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