sna·​fu | \ sna-ˈfü How to pronounce snafu (audio) , ˈsna-ˌfü \

Definition of snafu

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a situation marked by errors or confusion : muddle also : an error causing such a situation a scheduling snafu



Definition of snafu (Entry 2 of 3)

: snarled or stalled in confusion : awry


snafued; snafuing; snafus

Definition of snafu (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bring into a state of confusion

Examples of snafu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blockchain snafu aside, lavish parties were thrown left and right in the best traditions of the nouveau riche. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Achieving perfection takes a lot of work and according to Stylez, there was a little snafu along the way. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 3 May 2022 Along the way, Dawson also had to deal with a lab snafu. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 Also Monday morning, Frontier picked the worst time to have a temporary operational snafu. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Feb. 2022 The snafu, the latest in a series at Mann-Grandstaff, heightened Spokane medical staff members’ frustration with a system that has been problematic since it was installed a year and a half ago. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 No, this is, this was a pretty serious snafu with the Cleveland municipal courts, new public website for, for nearly an hour, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Her challenges are built not from dramatic developments but from the compounding burdens of relatively minor setbacks — a housing snafu, a disappointing practice, a keen bout of homesickness. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2022 But that still doesn’t explain the random and frankly bizarre Photoshop snafu that she recently got caught making: editing her daughter, True, into pictures of her nieces at Disneyland. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snafu


circa 1941, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snafu


situation normal all fucked up (fouled up)

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12 May 2022

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“Snafu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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