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sna·​fu sna-ˈfü How to pronounce snafu (audio)
: a situation marked by errors or confusion : muddle
also : an error causing such a situation
a scheduling snafu


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: snarled or stalled in confusion : awry


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snafued; snafuing; snafus

transitive verb

: to bring into a state of confusion

Examples of snafu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
While guests were due to receive their tickets digitally, a snafu with the system left some waiting for them on the day of show, so they were directed to get them at the box office on site. Anaja I. Smith, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2024 There was an obvious opening in the back of her custom Louis Vuitton peplum gown, but the two-time Academy Award-winner took the snafu in stride. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2024 His replacement: None other than Pat Shanahan, the 31-year Boeing veteran who’d helped rescue the 787 by swooping down on the Everett plant to smooth the production snafus. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 The snafu was fixed after the NTTA received a request for an interview last Thursday, but not before Dale and Anne Smith had lost sleep over the excessive bill. Gordon Dickson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 Does this help make up for that no turkey leg snafu from Fox on Thanksgiving? Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala in Los Angeles hit a snafu on Saturday when protestors of the Israel-Hamas war interrupted Jill Biden’s keynote address at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. Marc Malkin, Variety, 24 Mar. 2024 In any case, this censorship snafu, though soon sorted out, was not what the occasion called for. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 The incident marks the latest airline snafu that has raised concern over aircraft safety. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History



situation normal all fucked up (fouled up)

First Known Use


circa 1941, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snafu was circa 1941

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“Snafu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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