screwup

noun
screw·​up | \ ˈskrü-ˌəp How to pronounce screwup (audio) \

Definition of screwup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who screws up
2 : botch, blunder

screw up

verb
screwed up; screwing up; screws up

Definition of screw up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tighten, fasten, or lock by or as if by a screw
2a : bungle, botch
b : to cause to act or function in a crazy 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 But a screwup on the scale of Alex Jones’ lawyers is a whole other matter. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Risian’s coach, realizing that death was the likely outcome of this screwup, floated motionless at the surface, gazing at the safety divers, who were too stunned to blink. James Nestor, Outside Online, 25 Jan. 2012 Pencil-pusher Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), and hotheaded screwup Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), are the type of detectives who never see much action beyond their desks. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 23 June 2022 Case Keenum serving as the Browns’ starting quarterback this season, or anything that once again punches fans in the gut or sabotages what should be a winning season, then this goes down as a colossal franchise screwup. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Back in Paris, Julien capitalizes on Emily’s screwup and absence to get into Pierre’s good graces. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Another great American screwup is reaching its conclusion. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 10 Sep. 2021 Ji-Yoon meets with poor Lila, who is getting hounded by reporters about Bill’s screwup, which endangers her own academic future. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 Johnny, someone to root against in The Karate Kid, is a screwup in Cobra Kai, but the show takes care to reveal his gentler side and desire to become better. Cydney Lee, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were plenty of opportunities to screw up during the shuffle, but especially worrisome was the knowledge transfer. Shane Snow, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The second sure way to screw up a pitch is marketers that manage the pitch on their own. Avi Dan, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Christie’s story, one of her finest, is hard to screw up, even when Branagh and his returning screenwriter, Michael Green, seem bent on proving otherwise. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 These pivots will strengthen their bond and prove it’s never too late to screw up your life in the pursuit of happiness. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 13 May 2022 Christie’s story, one of her finest, is hard to screw up, even when Branagh and his returning screenwriter, Michael Green, seem bent on proving otherwise. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Most yeast breads require two rises, and there’s really not a lot here to screw up. Outside Online, 31 Mar. 2020 On occasion, companies just screw up a program to a point where no patch can fix it. PCMAG, 4 May 2022 Christie’s story, one of her finest, is hard to screw up, even when Branagh and his returning screenwriter, Michael Green, seem bent on proving otherwise. Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of screwup

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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10 Aug 2022

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“Screwup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screwup. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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