What does SNAFU mean?

Definitions for SNAFU
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snafu(adj)

    an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up

  2. fucked-up, snafu(verb)

    snarled or stalled in complete confusion

    "situation normal--all fucked-up"

  3. snafu(verb)

    cause to be in a state of complete confusion


  1. SNAFU(Noun)

    A ridiculously chaotic situation.

  2. SNAFU(Noun)

    A major glitch or breakdown.

  3. Origin: The term was born during WWII as an acronym of the initials of the words , which summed up the chaos and confusion of the war from an individual soldier’s point of view.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SNAFU in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SNAFU in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of SNAFU in a Sentence

  1. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    The president continues to be confident that we will navigate this particular procedural snafu and move this across the finish line.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Well, I would think that if they were honest about The White House newsletter snafu, they'd start a major investigation into the Bidens. The White House newsletter snafu's The White House newsletter snafu. They should investigate the Bidens, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.

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